uSens Partners with Pico for 26DoF Hand-Tracking Mobile VR

uSens, Inc. has today announced a partnership with Pico Interactive, Inc. to provide 26 degrees of freedom (26DoF) hand-tracking for the Pico Goblin all-in-one (AIO) virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). With the addition of uSens’ Fingo hardware, users can experience a new level of mobile VR immersion by interacting with virtual objects with their bare hands.

Pico Goblin headset plus controller

“uSens and Pico already have a long-standing relationship, originating from developing custom business solutions together, and a promotional event for the Chinese movie Youth by acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang,” said uSens CTO and co-founder Dr. Yue Fei.” “We are excited to formally work together into 2018 to bring our HCI solutions to their user base, as we see all-in-one and mobile headsets as the driving force behind growth in the VR market.”

uSens stereo camera hardware Fingo enables 26DoF hand-tracking powered by computer vision and AI technology, making it particularly adept at tracking complicated hand gestures and occlusion scenarios. uSens will now offer a custom Fingo holder created specifically for Pico Goblin users.

Fingo finger-trackerThe Pico Goblin does not require any additional hardware, smartphone, or console to operate, with all the computing power and display embedded into the device. Featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and a 2.5K display, Pico Goblin already offers more than 50 videogames and apps, but the addition of uSens’ hand-tracking has education and enterprise customers in mind.

“The increase in B2B use cases of VR in 2017 has led to strong customer demand for hand and gesture tracking, especially in the education, training and events industry,” said Han Yucai, vice president of Pico. “The addition of advanced hand tracking to the Goblin lowers the barriers to entering VR by mimicking how we interact in the real world. By partnering with pioneers in 3D HCI and VR hand-tracking, we are excited to offer Goblin users a more natural, intuitive experience for augmented and virtual reality.”

The Pico Goblin is available now for purchase in the US priced at $269 USD, the UK for £269 GBP and Europe for €299, via at www.pico-goblin.com. VRFocus is currently at CES 2018 where the technology will be revealed for the first time, and will report back with a hands-on evaluation very soon