It’s been a busy few months for Sixense and its STEM motion controller system for virtual reality (VR) experiences. Late last year the company announced support for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) alongside the Oculus Rift. Then in mid-December 2014 it began shipping its initial prototype system for certain developers, allowing them to effectively test out the kits before sending them back so that the company can work on fine-tuning them. With this in mind, shipping of pre-production prototypes has been slightly delayed.
The company talked about its testing process in a recent Kickstarter update. “Well, we did just that and discovered, via user feedback, some issues that needed to be addressed,” the update reads. “We are in the process of making the final adjustments and testing with local users before shipping the remaining pre-production prototypes and then heading into production. We are also developing a software tool for performing firmware updates remotely, which eliminates the need for systems to be returned to us for upgrades.”
As such, Sixense now hopes to resume shipping of these pre-production prototypes later on this month. Final production units will now be heading to Kickstarter backers in March 2015, shipping from China. While that’s nearly a year on from the original estimated shipping of July 2014 there can’t be any debate as to Sixense’s commitment to delivering a working product with STEM. The previously-mentioned remote firmware updates should also prove to be an important part of keeping the company on track from now on.
VRFocus will continue to follow Sixense’s progress with the STEM System, reporting back with any further updates.