Tokyo-based FOVE start-up announced that two thirds of the 250,000 dollars target were already raised on Kickstarter.
FOVE Virtual Reality headsets are now available for pre-order according to the same announcement and will be ready for delivery to Kickstart backers starting May 16th.
FOVE is the latest trend in immersing gaming experiences that crystal clear distinguished itself from other virtual reality (VR) headsets.
While the vast majority follows movements of the head, FOVE promises to deliver a fully new and entertaining experience of virtual reality by using eye-tracking technology.
The Japanese start-up launched as a battlefield finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt SF and has gone a long way since into virtual reality experimenting. Their VR headseat takes its name after the fovea, component of the eye that is responsible for central vision.
It is powered by a graphic engine that distinguishes what the user is looking. Following, the engine concentrates rendering power, emphasizing focus on the particular spot.
Gamers, imagine the thrill. While playing a shooter, FOVE immerses you in a hands free visual experience where one enemy can be killed just with an aim of the eye. For open world games, scenery will be experienced utterly different as parts of it can come into focus or blur out, depending on what your focus is.
Eye-tracking is a worthwhile technology that allows us to see more of the environment with less movement, unlike other VR headsets. At the same time, it sports incredible precision with a 100 degree field of view. Resolution of the 5.8 inch display is at 2560×1440.
FOVE is supported by tech giants Toshiba and Samsung which will provide the displays for mass production, among other components.
The best part about FOVE is that once everything is set in place, its applications go beyond the gaming world. It has been reported that the virtual reality headset can aid people with limited mobility abilities with typing, playing games or perform other tasks that are usually out of their reach.
Eye-tracking technology could also be used to help those diagnosed with Aspergers or autism.FOVE developers have actually worked together with one teenager that suffers from motor neuron disease. They created adapted software that allowed him to play the piano using FOVE VR headset.
While in pre-order, a FOVE headset will only cost you 349 dollars. After that, it will be shipped to you for 379 dollars. And the last tier will include a 399 dollar batch. For so called ‘family-packs’ which include five FOVE headsets and a dev kit, the price is set at 1,799 dollars.
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