There are still 25 days to go on the Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for FOVE, the new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that utilises eye-tracking technology. At the time of writing the campaign has raised over $428,000 USD after originally asking for $250,000. Of course, the kit’s primary means of input is that eye-tracking, but many are wondering if it might also support systems that other companies are currently investing in, such as Valve with its Lighthouse body-tracking system for SteamVR.
According to FOVE CTO Lochlainn Wilson, the company has had ‘ideas’ for such solutions, and would even like to work with Lighthouse itself. “We really want to work with Lighthouse,” Wilson said when asked about the device in a recent AMA session on Reddit. When another used noted that both body and eye-tracking would make for an exciting combination he noted: “We think so too! We have ideas, but not concrete plans yet.”
“I really like lighthouse and think it has a strong future,” the CTO replied when asked about the system one last time. “It is a fairly hardcore solution though. It is a shame they do not have a minilighthouse yet.”
Could FOVE perhaps one day become a new SteamVR HMD? Currently the only device to utilise Valve’s new system is the HTC Vive, which last week began shipping its first development kits. Valve itself has confirmed that SteamVR will be used with other devices, however, meaning FOVE could possibly partner with the company in the future. For now, the company is focused on raising as much Kickstarter money as possible before 4th July 2015 and then shipping the first prototype of its device to those that backed the project.
VRFocus will continue to follow FOVE’s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.