Mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) are set to play a key role in the future of the technology as smartphones increase in power. For now, however, they face a number of issues, including a lack of an immersive input solution. This is of course a problem for VR in general, but the lack of PC hardware supporting these HMDs is especially troubling for mobile VR. Sixense is known to be bringing its STEM System to Gear VR, but now a new wireless body tracking sensor has been revealed for Android experiences.
The Nuitrack Senor is a Bluetooth depth camera with a dedicated processor that wirelessly connects to Android devices, including the smartphones that many will use for VR experiences. This offers tracking similar to what can be seen with Microsoft’s Kinect camera, allowing players to stand in front of the device, move their entire body and have those movements replicated within an experience. For mobile VR, this will allow players full use of their hands on other parts of their bodies within videogames. A video of the peripheral in action can be seen below.
The kit has applications beyond VR, also allowing players to use body tracking titles on their TVs. The device is set to launch a crowd-funding campaign later on in 2015 and those interested can currently submit their email address to the kit’s official website to be the first to hear when that will be. Developers can also contact the company about securing an Early Access software development kit (SDK), which it notes is limited but, at this stage, provides full body skeletal tracking and recognises basic gestures.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Nuitrack Sensor closely, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.