Back in June 2015 VRFocus reported that glove-based virtual reality (VR) input company Manus Machina was one of the latest teams to be added to the list of those working with the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem. The company is working on a pair of wireless gloves that provide accurate hand-tracking for a number of VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift and even the HTC Vive. It’s also working closely with OSVR’s own Hacker Dev Kit HMD, and recently confirmed to VRFocus that it was integrating the kit’s own IR tracking with the gloves.
The company’s Bob Vlemmix confirmed as much. “We decided that the best course of action for our product is not to develop our own tracking solution,” he said in a statement. “We want to create a user friendly solution that does not require the user to set up additional tracking cameras or base stations. As such, we want to support the tracking solution that each individual HMD provides. With Oculus that would mean their constellation tracking, with HTC Vive the Valve Lighthouse.”
But while Manus Machina was already known to be working on those kits along with Samsung’s Gear VR mobile HMD, it’s working closely with OSVR itself. “We recently got OSVR on board and we are one of the first companies that can announce that we will integrate their IR tracking in our glove design,” Vlemmix continued. “We received their HDK and our engineers are working hard to get OSVR support integrated as soon as possible. We will be sure to keep you updated on the progress.”
OSVR has partnered with other input solutions in the past, even releasing a new faceplate with integrated support for Leap Motion’s wireless hand-tracking controller. Development kits for Manus Machina are expected to ship in the near future, selling for $280 USD. The full launch of the consumer version of the device is expected in the first half of 2016 and will be available for around $200. VRFocus will continue to follow Manus Machina closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.