Eye-tracking head-mounted display (HMD) FOVE is to support Valve’s Lighthouse technology, FOVE Inc. has revealed today. Utilising the OpenVR SDK and support for Valve’s Steam VR platform, FOVE will pursue development integration of Valve’s Lighthouse technology into their developer kits that are targeted to ship to backers in Spring 2016.
FOVE recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $250,000 USD which will be used to finalise its development process and start manufacturing. To date, the campaign has raised over $440,000 with a new community of over 1,250 backers. If the campaign reaches the stretch goal of $700,000, the Lighthouse base stations will be bundled into development kits for the HMD. Any additional controllers will be sold separately from the Kickstarter bundle.
Lighthouse, originally revealed at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, back in March of this year, allows for a user to have their movements tracked across a space of up to 15’x15′. The technology was developed for Valve/HTC’s collaboration, Vive, however it will be made available for all HMD manufacturers.
Yuka Kojima, CEO and co-founder of FOVE, said: “Both of our companies are very excited about the applications of eye-tracking in VR and the support for SteamVR will bring a wealth of content to FOVE. We have strong confidence that FOVE can and will deliver a revolutionary experience in VR.”
FOVE’s initial Kickstarter goal was attained in less than 72 hours. There is still a significant amount of ground to cover to reach the $700,000 stretch goal, however with 17 days left remaining on the campaign and a big push at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, this week it is entirely possible. VRFocus is meeting with FOVE today and will report back with all the latest details.