YEI Technology just launched the Kickstarter campaign for its PrioVR virtual reality sensor suit. If it reaches its funding goal of $225,000, the suit will offer full-body motion tracking that can then be coupled with the OculusVR and other virtual reality headsets for a more immersive experience.
The concept is an exciting one, though I do have some concerns. The campaign video, for instance, shows a player waving a sword while wearing the Oculus Rift. That may sound like fun, but it also sounds like a recipe for accidental dismemberment. Full-body motion capture also requires a lot of room to operate, making it less practical.
Developer kits for the PrioVR can be had for a minimum pledge of $450. The company will offer a lite version and a pro edition with additional sensors.
Projects like the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, MYO armband and now PrioVR have set lofty goals of making our virtual reality dreams come true. Realistically, some of these products are bound to turn out as duds, but that shouldn’t stop them, or us, from continuing to dream.