NOLO Inc is hoping to combine the portability and convenience of mobile virtual reality (VR) with the precision control of motion tracking with the launch of its new platform dedicated to presenting mobile VR content with six degrees-of-freedom capability called NOLO Home.
NOLO have previously launched its own brand of VR tracking system, the NOLO CV1. The company is now expanding its reach with the launch of its new platform, which allows users of the NOLO CV1 to explore 6DoF-capable content. The platform also supports other devices, such as Google Cardboard and Google Daydream, with plans for Samsung Gear VR support to be added soon.
The NOLO CV1 comes with three components; a base station, headset marker and two controllers. The device is designed to work out-of-the-box with all major Android phones. The device is designed to be simple to set up and use. The base station should be placed on a flat surface such as a table. The headset marker is then attached to a Google Cardboard or similar headset, and the controller plugged in to the smartphone vis USB cable. The rotation of the controllers will then need to be calibrated.
The NOLO CV1 base station has a 100° field-of-view and is capable of supporting a roaming area of up to 17fx 17 ft. The 6DoF controllers take advantage of PolarTraq technology to create a more immersive experience. The base station has a 4-hour battery life on a full charge, while the controllers can go for up to seven hours on a full charge.
Software development kits of Android, Unity, Unreal Engine 4 and Windows are all available from the NOLO official website along with the relevant supporting documentation. This has been provided with the aim of allowing developers to easily port software to the NOLO platform.
NOLO was originally launched as part of a Kickstarter campaign, but NOLO CV1 units are now available from Amazon as a pricew of $199 (USD).
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