With virtual reality (VR) technology continuing to grow the area of full body tracking is actively seeing a number of advancements at a rapid pace. Now Kaaya Tech have taken to Kickstarter to ask for funding for their HoloSuit, a full body tracking solution complete with haptic feedback.
The HoloSuit is designed to be the world’s first affordable, bi-directional, wireless and easy to use full body motion capture suit for VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) experiences. The suit has been made to track not only the movement of the body but also the movement of the hands, fingers and even the head all while providing feedback to the wear. The suit is configured with a total of 26 or 36 embedded sensors for tracking movement and 9 different haptic feedback devices to dispersed across both arms, legs, and all ten fingers with 6 embedded buttons as well.
The tracking solution of HoloSuit is done without the need for external camera tracking, offering a more affordable approach to full body tracking. This is done via wireless communication on either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth LE to a VR setup using Unity or a Wi-Fi SDK. Other supported hardware includes HTC Vive, Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality, and HoloLens. Samsung Gear VR, Android and iOS devices are also supported by HoloSuit offering a wide range of compatibility for any and all users.
As a full body solution, the applications for the HoloSuit are numerous with it able to not only capture and record the movement of the user but also able to be transferred in real-time to a robot or other puppet like device. This means it can be used both in consumer and enterprise applications such as sports, healthcare, education, industrial operations, and even entertainment and video gaming.
Currently on Kickstarter, HoloSuit is asking for £37,826 (GBP) and at the time of writing already has £47,981 in pledged funding. There are a number of different backing options avaiable to those looking to support the project ranging from $99 (USD) for a 1 finger HoloSuit glove with a full 5 finger glove requiring a $249 pledge. The price continues up to $999 for the full HoloSuit solution with 26 sensors and 9 haptic devices and $1,599 for the same but with 36 sensors and 9 haptic devices.