Sunday, May 8, 2016

HTC Vive experiment delivers full arm tracking in virtual reality


Current virtual reality systems like the HTC Vive can track your VR position relative to your real world body movements, as well as track your hand movements via controllers or gloves. But a new experiment from Manus VR allows you to submerge your body even deeper into VR, in this case, all the way up to your arms.

The company, which showed off its VR gloves last year, just released footage of an experimental experience that allows you to have your arm and elbow movements tracked in VR. The dynamic sets up all kinds of new scenarios, including more realistic VR boxing matches, VR archery as well as VR interfaces that you could access on your arms.
Although the demonstration uses the HTC Vive, with its two controllers strapped to the user's arms, the company says this is only an experiment. No date has been set to offer the usability seen in the video to consumers, but the feature will be released as a part of the Manus SDK in June. Additionally, Manus VR is working on replicating the experiment on the Oculus and the PlayStation VR, so we're likely to see this eventually make its way to the public in some form in the not too distant future. 
That's right, we're now one step closer to a full-body VR suit. The Star Trek holodeck is coming! 


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