With the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) now over it’s time to focus on some virtual reality (VR) technology that didn’t make it to the show. Last weekend saw Catopsys launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new platform named Immersis. The company labels the tech as virtual reality (VR) without the need for a head-mounted display (HMD) unlike the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus. The campaign is hoping to raise $100,000 USD by 18th February 2015 and, at the time of writing, is already well on its way to reaching the half way mark.
Immersis sounds similar in concept to RoomAlive, the ‘dyadic projected spatial augmented reality’ that Microsoft showcased in late 2014, although it does hold some key differences. The system works as a combination of the user’s PC and an image projector that displays the given content at 180 degrees across the walls of a room. The company claims that this system can be used with any 3D experience or panoramic video, creating an immersive experience that stretches beyond the user’s monitor or television and isn’t limited to one user as with HMDs.
Interestingly, players can still integrate their regular display into the given experience to take advantage of higher resolutions and for moments that require specific inputs. The project itself uses a fisheye lens to deliver wide, clear images that will fully engulf players in an experience. The campaign also talks of stereoscopic 3D integration with players using 3D glasses to see environments projected in 3D. This combination certainly brings the platform closer to the definition of VR.
The first version of Immersis is planning to ship at the end of 2015. Those interested can currently pledge $1,150 for secure an early adopter version of the kit, with several other limited tiers offering discounts off of the expected retail price of $3,000. VRFocus will continue to follow Immersis’ progress, reporting back with any further updates on the technology.