The issue of movement in virtual reality (VR) has birthed all sorts of inventive ideas and solutions, whether in software form or hardware. Launched last year for VR headsets was 3dRudder, a VR controller that’s essentially a raised platform for players to control movement through twisting and tilting their feet. The debut model only worked with a connecting cable, but for this weeks CES event in Las Vegas, 3dRudder will be launching a wireless version.
Designed to be used while seated, 3dRudder aims to provide far more natural movement in VR, thus reducing simulator sickness that some users may encounter. Pressure sensors and heel-toe movement help player to easily move front/back, left/right/, rotate left/rotate right, and up/down with minimal effort.
When the original 3dRudder launched last year the company stated support for headsets such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. It then had to rescind the support for Gear VR due to finding out an issue with cabling the controller into the headset, namely the consumer version port only supplies power to the attached mobile device, while the Innovator Edition which it had been using allows both power and data. Bringing the wireless version of the controller to market means that Gear VR owners will now have the opportunity to use the controller.
3dRudder Wireless uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to devices and after the official unveiling this week expected availability is summer 2017 at $199 USD. VRFocus will continue its coverage of 3dRudder reporting back with any further announcements.