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    Tactical Haptics’ newly developed haptic controller prototype uses mechanical sockets that allow them to be mated in different configurations on-the-fly, in order to match a particular virtual interaction more closely than standard VR motion controllers. The controllers incorporate the company’s ‘Reactive Grip’ technology, a unique form of haptic feedback. San Francisco-based Tactical Haptics is debuting […]

    The post Tactical Haptics’ New Prototype VR Controller Shapeshifts to Fit Your Game appeared first on Road to VR.


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    This week at CES 2018, Tactical Haptics debuted a new prototype of their haptic VR controller which allows the devices to attach and detach on the fly in several different poses for different types of gameplay. The controllers are being piloted in IMAX’s VR arcade. Reactive Grip For the last several years Tactical Haptics has been […]

    The post Hands-on: Tactical Haptics’ New Controllers Let You Switch Your Grip on the Fly appeared first on Road to VR.


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    HTC says that the new Vive Pro controllers, due out later this year, will be an updated version of the current Vive wands, rather than Valve’s anticipated ‘Knuckles’ controllers. Upon unveiling the Vive Pro earlier this week, HTC demonstrated the new headset with the original Vive wand controllers but said that new controllers, compatible with SteamVR […]

    The post HTC: Vive Pro to Launch With Updated Wand Controller, Not Valve’s ‘Knuckles’ appeared first on Road to VR.


    Valve Knuckles prototype | Image courtesy Shawn WhitingValve Knuckles prototype | Image courtesy Shawn Whiting

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    VirZOOM, makers of VR arcade exercise games and the VirZOOM Bike Controller, announced the successful closure of a $5.5 million seed funding round which the company says will help expand its commercial business worldwide with a second generation of its VZ Module and VZ Sensor, a retrofitting kit for stationary bikes that turns them into VR […]

    The post VirZOOM Closes $5.5M Seed Funding to Develop Second Generation of VR Bike Kit appeared first on Road to VR.


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    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 VRDK, a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 VDRK is essentially a starting point for companies who want to build their own standalone VR headsets to offer to customers; the reference headset offers a number of […]

    The post Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking appeared first on Road to VR.


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    While it’s exciting to start seeing 6DOF standalone VR headsets like the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo, both unfortunately include a 3DOF controller which in many cases functions as an immersion barrier compared to a fully 6DOF VR system. Today at its Vive Ecosystem Conference 2018 in China, HTC said that the 3DOF Vive Focus controller […]

    The post Vive Focus to Get 6DOF Controller Mode, Optical Hand-tracking for Gesture Input appeared first on Road to VR.


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    Since announcing the ‘Knuckles’ controller prototype all the way back in 2016, Valve has been relatively quiet about its progress outside of a select group of developers who have been experimenting with early development kits. That changed this week as Valve offered up a major information dump, showcasing the latest Knuckles dev kit with a […]

    The post Valve Reveals Latest Knuckles Dev Kit & New ‘Moondust’ Tech Demo appeared first on Road to VR.


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    Alongside the reveal of the revamped Knuckles controllers that Valve shared last week, third party developers have confirmed they’ve begun receiving the new EV2 version of the controller. Valve says that “soon, hundreds of developers will get their hands on developer kits and begin experimenting,” and the company is inviting more developers to join the Knuckles […]

    The post Valve Shipping Knuckles to “Hundreds” of Developers, Mass Production Could Be Next appeared first on Road to VR.


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    It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since the SteamVR Knuckles controllers were first revealed using a demo of our game, Call of the Starseed (2016), at Steam Devs Days 2016. Now, at the reveal of Knuckles EV2 this summer, we’ve got a whole bunch more to talk about. Guest Article by […]

    The post Exclusive: Cloudhead Games Goes In-depth with Knuckles EV2 & Predecessors appeared first on Road to VR.


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    Having revealed the ‘Knuckles’ EV2 controller development kit just a few months ago, Valve has rapidly incorporated improvements based on feedback from developers and today revealed the updated EV3. The company says will be “produced in much greater quantities than EV2,” of which Valve said “hundreds” were shipped. Improvements from EV2 to EV3 are less […]

    The post Valve Reveals Knuckles EV3 Dev Kit, Planning Production of “Much greater quantities” appeared first on Road to VR.


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    In what might be the longest Kickstarter campaign conclusion to date, more than four years following estimated deliveries of the STEM VR controller, Sixense says they will fully refund all backers and pre-orders. Sixense was once a name central to the early VR community. The company built the technology behind the magnetically tracked Razer Hydra […]

    The post Sixense to Refund STEM Kickstarter Backers After More Than 4 Years of Delays appeared first on Road to VR.


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    HTC today announced a 6DOF controller tracking add-on for Vive Focus. The add-on, which includes a pair of new controllers, is being released as a development kit. Vive Focus, HTC’s standalone VR headset, had a full blown launch in China at the beginning of 2018, and was released as a development kit in the West in May. […]

    The post HTC Announces 6DOF Controller Tracking Dev Kit for Vive Focus appeared first on Road to VR.


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    Today at the the World Conference on VR Industry in China, HTC announced plans to bring hand & finger tracking to Vive Pro via the headset’s front-facing cameras. Back in April HTC launched new tools to help developers take advantage of the Vive Pro’s largely unused front-facing cameras. Now it seems the company plans to double […]

    The post HTC Plans to Bring Hand & Finger Tracking to Vive Pro appeared first on Road to VR.


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    HaptX, a company building a VR glove offering impressively detailed haptic feedback as well as force feedback, is steadily improving. My hands-on with their latest device—which is smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than prior iterations—offered me moments of magic where it felt like my hand was actually interacting with real objects. Let’s get this out […]

    The post Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World appeared first on Road to VR.


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    HTC earlier this month revealed a 6DOF controller dev kit for the Vive Focus standalone headset. New details have emerged about the device this week. When HTC revealed the Vive Focus 6DOF controller dev kit earlier this month, the company wasn’t ready to share details. This week at XRDC in San Francisco, the company spoke […]

    The post Vive Focus 6DOF Controller Dev Kit Uses Ultrasonic Tracking appeared first on Road to VR.


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