As more and more virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) are announced, input remains a critical issue for the industry. Many are looking towards new controllers and motion-sensing systems as a means of controlling VR experiences without breaking immersion. Switzerland-based neurotechnology company MindMaze, however, is working in a completely new area for controlling both VR and augmented reality (AR) titles. Today the company has announced a new thought-powered system named MindLeap.
MindLeap consists of a new HMD and motion capture cameras that use MindMaze’s proprietary, medically-proven neurotechnology engine to predict brain and muscle activity and use this information as a means of interaction in VR experiences. The company claims that its system will be compatible with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation platforms as well as operating systems (OS) such as iOS and Android. Specific in-game examples are yet to be revealed although the company has confirmed that it will be distributing a software development kit (SDK) to interested studios in the coming months.
“MindMaze puts your brain into the game. Never before have neuroscience, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D full-body motion-capture come together in a games system,” said Dr. Tej Tadi, founder and CEO of MindMaze. “Gamers will be able to see, feel and experience virtual gameplay with absolutely no delay or need for controllers. The technology will enable game developers to deliver responsive virtual games experiences, further immersing gamers into the gameplay and creating opportunities for deeper levels of engagement with consumers.”
MindMaze has managed to raise $8.5 million USD in funding to help bring its engine to market. This money will help the company continue its work in the medical field, where it uses VR to aid patient recovery.
MindLeap itself is expected to be made available in later 2015. A price for the system is yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s work closely, reporting back with any further updates.