The Oculus Touch, SteamVR controllers and PlayStation Move all suggest that virtual reality (VR) input will be largely associated with motion controllers for the foreseeable future. That isn’t stopping third party companies coming up with other solutions for the technology, however. Today sees the introduction of another such device in the Salto wireless motion capture suit from Rokoko Electronics. The kit has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, looking for a total of $100,000 USD in order to bring it to market.
VR support is just one of Salto’s intended applications. The suit is designed to be both affordable and simple, allowing anyone to start working with motion capture technology. It consists of 19 sensors and a central hub that are all embedded within, covering all moving joints in the user’s body. An extension for the hands is also available, resembling a glove that features another 7 sensors. When paired together these give users full body tracking to interact with digital experiences as they see fit.
For VR, this means full tracking as seen with other suits such as PrioVR, though this offers 2 more sensors over the latter’s ‘Pro’ model without the hands extension. The company has so far confirmed support for Oculus VR’s 2 head-mounted displays (HMDs), the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
Rokko Electronics is estimating an April 2016 shipping window for the first development kits of Salto. 50 ‘super early adopter’ suits are available for $550, before moving to 100 early adopter suits for $600 and, finally, a standard price of $700. $730 nets backers 1 of 100 early adopter suits and hand extensions before moving to $850.
VRFocus will continue to follow Salto, reporting back with the latest updates on its kit.