It’s just under seven months now since virtual reality (VR) compatible motion capture system, Perception Neuron, ended its hugely successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. The company behind the system managed to raise from $571,908 USD with the help of 1,329 backers. At the time of the campaign the company had hoped to start shipping its first kits in February 2015. It didn’t quite make that target but isn’t far behind, as Perception Neuron is now expected to make its first shipments in a few weeks’ time.
The company has confirmed that the first shipments will commence between the third and fourth weeks of April. That could mean anything from just three to 17 days away. The company is unable to give a more exact date as it is in the process of testing each and every package coming off of the factory line. Once the kits are approved they will be packed, transported to Hong Kong, sorted and then sent. The company expects shipments to take anywhere between seven and 16 days depending on destination. Early bird backers will have their kits shipped first, followed by SuperVR backers. Other orders will follow on afterwards.
Project Neuron utilises a number of miniature trackers named Neurons. These Neurons are equipped with gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers for accurate motion tracking. Up to 30 Nurons can be tracked at one time, with users able to strap them where they see fit on their body. When combined with VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift, Perception Neuron offers an extensive form of motion-tracked input. The tech ships with support for Oculus VR’s software development kit (SDK), allowing developers to easily integrate it into experiences. Support for other HMDs is yet to be confirmed.
VRFocus will continue to follow Perception Neuron closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.