About this project
Move I Rotate I Vibrate
Immersit, a plug & play device installed under your couch, can generate a very high amount of movement patterns and vibrations ranging from explosive to subtle: pitches, rolls & heaves, moving users back & forth, from side to side and up & down.
All these, combined with intelligent vibrations and an adjustable intensity, result in the ultimate movie and gaming experience in which each explosion, wave & sharp turn is felt directly by the user from his own furniture.
In the press
"SPOILER : IT WAS PRETTY COOL." - Engadget
"My palms were surprisingly sweaty" - The Verge
"A furniture add-on that will change the way you play games." - Ubergizmo
Our reason for starting this project is simple: watching movies or playing games at home becomes a matter of routine. We all do it the same way: passively. But who hasn't dreamt of riding the hoverboard in Back to the Future, piloting one of the pod racers in Star Wars or even feeling the vibration of a machine-gun while playing an FPS game?
We became frustrated by the fact that the only 4D simrides were only professionnal and ridiculously expensive (read: tens of thousands of dollars) and were so complex to use. They often require a specific computer, drivers and a huge amount of space.
The idea behind Immersit was to keep this level of sensations with an easy to use device, that is autonomous, intelligent and totally adaptable to your living space ... your couch.
In 2015, we decided to come up with a solution to this problem ourselves, and we are now ready to share it with the world.
For us, it is a kid's dream come true.
Step inside your favourite game.
Immersit is a fully functionnal device that comes with sophisticated motion hardware and software that makes it ready to play right out of the box, with many games.
Using different signal combinations, Immersit automatically recognizes the game status and the movement to create. You are 100% in control of the movements, if you'd rather have a specific movement during a specific action, simply set it in the app where you are able to customize your gaming experience to your liking.
Right now, Immersit is compatible with X-Box (One, 360), Playstation (3 and 4), PCs and over 120 different games.
Live your favourite movie.
Immersit is the ultimate enhancement for movie lovers as it breathes new life into old films. Imagine seeing some of the most timeless movies again and living the experience as if you were watching them for the first time. New releases will be even more thrilling.
Beforehand, our software translates movie motions into perfect movements and vibrations to get you immersed in the most appropriate manner. Our team then verifies and modifies those motion codes if needed so that each action is perfectly translated into the right motion. At home Immersit uses a combination of different technologies to recognize any media being played on your monitor regardless of the sources ( DVD, Blu ray player, VOD platform and so forth). Once the movie is recognized, the couch then starts moving and vibrating in a synchronized manner with the on-screen action.
Immersit is for your body what VR is for your brain.
2016 is the year of Virtual Reality. Unfortunately VR doesn't provide you the full experience. It successfuly tricks your brain into thinking you are elsewhere, but your body can not be tricked without real physical signals.
Now imagine the sensations you could have if you mixed the best VR headsets with Immersit. Your body would send the right signal to your bain, that would correspond with what you see, hence giving you the full virtual experience. Imagine being on a roller coaster, feeling the drop approaching and the sensation in your stomach as your couch tilts forward.
Re-live your own personnal adventure the right way.
What if you could live your own personnal adventure again and again months after it happened? Whether you're a ski fan, a VTT rider or a skydiver you will have access to our consumer motion platform where you will be able to customise your own motion code for your Go Pro or 360 videos and share the sensations and thrills with your friends & family.
As easy as one, two, three.
Immersit consists in:
The "muscles" - 4 dynamic pads that provide a combination of over 1000 movements and vibrations for your couch.
The "brain" - The pads which are connected to the brain controls its movements.
The "heart" - Provides the energy to the whole system. Small and designed, it can be placed behind the couch or on the side and used as a coffee table.
A discreet device that fits under all of your furniture.
After endless meetings, brainstormings and feedback from beta users, we've designed the best configuration for the device to be as discreet, safe and easy to use as possible. Immersit is hidden discreetly under your sofa and is totally risk-free for your furniture.
Once Immersit’s pads have been deployed, it is really easy to set your couch's, chair's or bed's feet onto Immersit’s pads allowing your furtniture to tilt, rotate and vibrate. As safety is extremely important: Immersit is equipped with multiple sensors that stop its movement as soon as something crawls under the furniture.
We have tested Immersit extensively with couches of different sizes, weights and shapes with up to 1.100 lbs and analyzed structures using X-ray technology to make sure that no movements or vibrations would damage the furniture.
Some movements such as torsions are not permitted and our vibrations are always de-synchronized across its 4 feet to avoid any resonant frequency.
The video below shows a sample of subtle and smooth vibrations that will perfectly imitate those of an engine running or the bumps in a road as well as some more dynamic and explosive vibrations such as a machine gun or a spacecraft taking off.
The video below shows some subtle and dynamic motions that can be created by Immersit.
Prototypes - We currently have two fully working prototypes made of steel, Aluminium, and plastic, as shown in the different videos and photos.
Our prototypes deliver the full Immersit functionality and experience and have allowed us to refine and test the software - we are still improving it daily and adding features.
Software - Our software is the heart of our device, supporting the Microsoft X-box 360/One and the Sony Playstation 3/4 as well as Linux and Windows.
Design - The design of the manufactured product will be slightly different from the prototype. The final Immersit design will be more stylish than our current prototype.
Dynamic feet - The Immersit feet consist in injection molded plastic, steel and aluminium. The flip side of the pads consist in insulating material to avoid any vibrations with the floor.
Manufacturing - Although we are still in development we currently are completing the manufacturing assessment phase on certain parts and we should be able to start the tooling engineering and manufacturing process in the next couple of months after the certification process.
We're looking forward to working with game designers to create the next generation of immersive platforms at home! All of our Kickstarter backers will get access to the customer motion platform to create custom-made motions of your liking for any of your personal media.
Join the movement to take games and movies at home to the next level!
Why do we need your support?
We have completed most of our design work and prototyping to make Immersit a reality - we are still working on the product to make it robust, perfect, user-friendly and multi-platform. We are finalizing the manufacturing assessments. Now we are asking for your help to move to the next phase. With your funding, we will be able to finish its development and start the pre-series.
Hardware is hard, and volume is crucial.
Risks and challenges
Similar to many Kickstarter projects, we face several key risks and challenges in sparking this revolution of our 4D device. The primary risks for us include:
To achieve the level of simplicity in user experience that we have, we've designed and engineered a very complex system. We tested our prototypes with an obsession for perfection.
In the last year, we have built 3 generations of prototypes and we will have a run of beta machines with significant user testing. We have been iterating over and over and came up with a fully functional prototype that we showed to the world during the CES.
SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS
Many Kickstarter campaigns can encounter problems when taking their prototypes to production. This includes issues such as finding suppliers and engineering products for mass-production. Smooth execution is absolutely essential to overcoming such risks.We have been and still are negotiating and working with suppliers, testing component quality, and building a team that can execute on our promises. The development has a been a long journey and is still on-going but our plans are nearly in place, and we now mainly require the resources to bring them to life.
Finding the right people is a challenge for any endeavor. Success in prototyping requires a team of talented, passionate, and motivated designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. We have already formed a truly awesome team, but we will have to bring in more to realize this dream. This campaign will help us in making this product a reality by supporting the team, the R&D and the pre-series for a first-batch production.
Thank you to all Kickstarter "4D" enthusiasts for your time, support, and dedication that will help us bring this product to reality.
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