Virtual reality has been a promising technological advancement for the majority of the last 20 years and it has seen many leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. While the majority of VR is expected to come out in 2016, the journey has also begun.
THE WORLD’S FIRST EYE TRACKING VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET- Fove is here.
San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed an eye-tracking headset for virtual reality. It’s a small company, started in 2014 with the sister branches in Tokyo, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with just 17 employees.
Fove is getting hype from the new VR industry, as “virtual reality” is known, and winning backing from new financiers.
Features of the Fove Headset:
- Aim With Your Eyes – Target and shoot with true line-of-sight targeting.
- Focus Your Vision – Allows you to see realistic scenery that blurs and sharpens and reacts to where you are focusing.
- Make Eye Contact – Communicate with virtual characters just like you do in the real world.
- Move Naturally – Minimize simulation sickness by reducing the need for unnatural head movements.
- Eye Tracking – Eye tracking to an accuracy of 1/5th of a degree.
- Integration – Convert existing VR games, and develop more advanced features.
HUMAN CONNECTION IN A VIRTUAL WORLD
Fove’s eye-tracking is quite convincing. In one fresh demo of the technique, a headset wearer watched a computer-graphic figure with a machine gun approaching slowly, which evoked a sense of menace.
Characters in the video or games react when you make eye contact. Much more can be conveyed. See characters behave and react differently while they are being watched. “It allows you to go inside the world that’s behind the display,” said Yuka Kojima, Fove’s co-founder and a rare female chief executive in male-dominated Japan Inc.
Definitely, the headset will transform the face of virtual reality.