While Oculus, HTC and Sony are focusing on Virtual Reality headsets and controllers, Nokia, Dexta and Microsoft have developed products that can make your VR experiences that much more.
Nokia have released the Ozo VR Camera, a camera that is able to record 360 footage and audio. This device is useful to create high quality VR environments, that are based on real places. It was revealed in December 2015, but Nokia have since dropped the price tag from $60,000 to $45,000 as they plan to launch into the Chinese market. The price drop will entice new developers to use this product to create content, especially now that the availability of quality headsets for consumers has increased with the release of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PSVR.
Dexta Robotics have also released a new gadget, the Dexmo glove. These exo-skeleton gloves let you interact with the VR environment, by providing haptic feedback and resistance when grasping objects. The gloves communicate with the VR program and let you feel the size, shape and stiffness of virtual objects. You can also complete a range of motions, such as turning a door handle or throwing a ball. The gloves are not complete (Dexta haven’t designed a tracking system for them yet), however the prototype is a step forward in the right direction. People who trialed the gloves said they “enjoyed a much higher level of immersion”.
Microsoft have taken a different approach, announcing they will be releasing its new operating system Windows Holographic in 2017. This special 3D operating system is what runs their HoloLens Augmented Reality glasses, and now the virtual workspace will be available for VR headsets. It will feature a virtual office space, where you can open and operate a range of 2D and 3D apps using a single stylus hand controller.
These new and exciting products just show the level of commitment by these companies towards VR, and how VR will definitely be an important part of our future.
Header Image: Windows Holographic to be launched in 2017. From: dailymail.co.uk