It’s been a long campaign but FOVE has finally brought its successful Kickstarter crowd-funding effort to a close. Over the course of the past month and beyond the company has managed to raise some $480,650 USD with the help of 1,480 backers. The success means that FOVE can deliver its eye-tracking virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), which has seen a number of improvements throughout the course of the campaign. To celebrate its success, the company has now reveal a brand new industrial design for the HMD.
Several renders of the new design can be seen below. Speaking in a Kickstarter update, the company revealed that this new version has a refined form-factor that improves stability, increases performance and is much more comfortable. The kit now includes ratcheting and articulated clasps. It also features a ‘dial-style’ piece that will allow users to tighten the HMD easily, allowing it to adapt to the size and shape of just about anyone’s head. The images appear to only be renders, so expect to see other changes such as the inclusion of branding in the future.
Elsewhere, the company confirmed that Valve’s Lighthouse user-tracking station, which will be integrated into the device, will be included with the HMD itself, though not with the current FOVE pre-orders. The company will also be bringing its HMD to the J-POP Summit event, which celebrates Japanese tech and innovation in San Francisco from 8th – 9th August 2015. The HMD will be showcasing the VR Attack on Titan experience. The company promises that this will be a ‘whole new way to experience’ the software.
FOVE is expected to ship its pre-ordered development kits in May 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow the HMD, reporting back with the latest updates on it.
UPDATE: As pointed out to VRFocus by a reader below, FOVE itself will not come with the Lighthouse base station but instead the Lighthouse sensors. The station and sensors will be sold separately. VRFocus apologies for the error.