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€2,272
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21
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 24 2014
€2,272
pledged of €100,000pledged of €100,000 goal
21
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 24 2014

About

Wouldn't it be wonderful to use your hands to navigate through the virtual world? We are in the midst of a revolution in virtual reality. Affordable technologies are available and bring the virtual reality experience closer than ever. With this revolution in mind the question rises on how we move and interact in this world? Are you going to sit behind your traditional mouse and keyboard configuration or will you be part of the machine!   

Have a look at one of our Demo's with the Oculus Rift.

You don’t own a virtual reality kit? That’s no problem. We will optimize the Manus Machinae for traditional computer use too. Play your favorite PC games while using the Manus Machinae. Give yourself the sensation of the next step in gaming technology.

What can you do with the Manus Machinae?

  • When you plug it in, the Manus Machinae will immediately work. It has a standard preset of commands that works in the PC environment. Move, look and interact in your favorite VR environment and PC games; be it 2d MMORPG’s or 3d shooters.
  • Your fingers act as mouse and keyboard triggers.
  • A full interface to easily customize your finger controls, calibration and sensitivity of moving and looking around, etc.
  • For the Kickstarter a developers SDK will be released.

Why do we need your support?

We need your support because we want to bring the world the Manus Machinae as an affordable high-end controller. With your help everyone can have the immersive experience of controlling the VR and PC environment with your own hands. You can help us realize that goal.

How we will use the money

First we would like to show you how the budget is set-up.

Now that we have shown you the numbers, let us further explain the budget.

Production process

  • Finalized Design of the Manus Machinae
  • Engineering the chipset
  • Setting up the factory
  • Production of the Manus Machinae

Expand our Team

  • Hire software engineers for the interface
  • Hire designers to create the design of the Manus Machinae

Future development

  • Wireless version
  • Software design for drone control
  • Integration of haptic feedback

Help us spread the word!

You can help us even more by liking this Kickstarter page! Share, tweet and let everyone know we’re out there. You can find us on Facebook, click that Like button!

Game footage

Playing Deus Ex while using the Manus Machinae

Meet the Team


Who are we?

The Manus Machinae team consists of Bob Vlemmix (26), Tim van Veenendaal (21) and Stephan van den Brink (27). Bob is the creative mind behind the Manus Machinae and has a background in PR, marketing and communication, while Stephan studied law and economics. Tim is a true brain in the field electronic engineering. 

All three young entrepreneurs hail from Eindhoven, a city well known for its ground-breaking design and innovation. 

Tim, a genius, built the first prototype of the Manus, incorporating usability with, for example, the Oculus Rift, whereas Stephan set up the financial framework of the company and worked with Bob on the conceptual design and marketing of the Manus Machinae. 

Why did we start Manus Machinae?

We came up with the idea to introduce a fully mechanical and functional game glove to the market. But so far there had been no gaming gadget that fit the bill. It either does not cover all possible options, or it is extremely expensive. What we envisions is a virtual reality experience accessible and affordable to all. 
In just a month the product evolved from sketch to a fully working prototype. And thus the Manus Machinae was born.

Why will this succeed?

Plain and simple: because it is awesome to experience the game world for yourself. You can control your character first hand! 

We at Manus Machinae believe any passionate gamer should be able to experience virtual reality.

Current Status

Hardware

We have two working Manus Machinae prototype gloves as you have seen in our videos. Our prototype features the following technology: strain sensors positioned on each finger, an accelerometer for measuring the vertical acceleration of the hand and a gyroscope for tracking the angle of the hand. We will be testing more and different kinds of sensors for ensuring an optimal in-game experience. As we have shown in our videos the current prototypes deliver a full experience and have allowed us to refine and test the hard- and software, and even evaluate human factors such as comfortable positions of the body and hand.

In our finalized product every finger will have a flex sensor.

Software

Our software is in development and will be supporting Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux. An easy to use user interface will allow you to fully customize the settings of the gyroscope, accelerometer and strain sensors. Each Manus Machinae will be released with a developer’s kit (SDK).

Design

The design of the manufactured Manus Machinae is different from the design of the prototype. The final version will have a more fashionable design and be released in different sizes.

The Rewards

There are many ways for you to support us:

Special Thanks

  • Help us take gaming to the next level! You'll receive a sincere thank you from the Manus Machinae team and we'll keep you up to date on all of our developing progress. 

Signed Manus Poster

  • Pledging this option will get you a limited-edition signed poster for the Manus Machinae, only available via Kickstarter.

Signed Manus T-Shirt

  • Pledging this option will get you a limited edition signed t-shirt for the Manus Machinae, only available via Kickstarter. 

Combo Package

  • Pledging this option will get you the limited edition t-shirt and poster for the Manus Machinae, both signed by the entire Manus team. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note from us.

Manus Machinae single glove

  • Pledging this option will get you one right or left handed glove. Use this so you can take over the Virtual World! 
  • Includes a user interface and Software Developers Kit (SDK) 
  • When the production starts, we will contact you for the choice of its size (XS, S, M, L, XL)
  • Shipping and handling costs are separate

Manus Machinae pair of gloves

  • Pledging this option will get you a left and right handed glove. Use these so you can take over the Virtual World! 
  • Includes a user interface and Software Developers Kit (SDK) 
  • When the production starts, we will contact you for the choice of its size (XS, S, M, L, XL)
  • Shipping and handling costs are separate

Co-op Mode

  • Get all the benefits listed above on the default Manus Machinae pledge. Plus, you will get an additional set Manus Machinae gloves. World Domination can be lonely; so bring a friend and take over the Virtual World together! 
  • When the production starts, we will contact you for the choice of its size (XS, S, M, L, XL)
  • Shipping and handling costs are separate

Original Prototype of the Manus Machinae

  • Pledging this option gets you the original Manus Machinae prototype as seen in the early video's.
  • You will also receive the Co-op mode plus the Combo Package. 
  • We will also invite you for an office visit and dinner with the team.

Custom made Manus Machinae

  • Pledging this option is something special. You will be invited to come to the Netherlands. You will be picked up by the entire team and be shown around. We will personally build you a pair of gloves which you will receive when we arrive at the office. This set will be truly be Unique. Also you will be the first person with a fully functioning set.

Shipping Internationally

If you are buying an Manus Machinae internationally, you must take shipping costs and VAT into consideration. International shipping is complicated, and can be costly depending on where you live. We do not want to exclude any continents, and will do our best to make this work with international distribution centers and pick-up locations (we will pay for ocean freight to your continent). You need to verify and add your country’s import duties and VAT, if applicable.

International shipping costs will be confirmed and billed to you when we are ready for manufacturing and have collected your delivery preference. No need to add shipping fees to your pledge amount.

Project timeline

Future development

  • We are working on a way to make the Manus Machinae wireless, while not affecting the performance. 
  • We are currently testing the Manus Machinae for controlling devices such as drones.
  • We are looking in to how we can add haptic feedback to the Manus Machinae.   

Risks and challenges

CE/FCC Certifications
CE and FCC certifications are costly and time consuming Especially the FCC requires extensive testing by accredited labs. This is a time-consuming process and the timing of clearance will affect our estimated timeframe.

Suppliers delays
We are incorporating many different technologies in one device and we have to deal with a lot of suppliers for all the separate components. Although we have multiple options for each individual part, communication with suppliers or supplier-delays can cause for unexpected arrears in the production process. We will take reliability and reviews of suppliers into account when ordering and we will keep you updated on our progress.

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    Pledge €10 or more About $11

    Special Thanks: Help us take gaming to the next level! You'll receive a sincere thank you from the Manus Machinae team and we'll keep you up to date on all of our developing progress.

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    Signed Manus Poster: A limited-edition signed poster for the Manus Machinae, only available via Kickstarter.

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    Pledge €75 or more About $83

    Combo Package: The limited edition t-shirt and poster for the Manus Machinae, both signed by the entire Manus team. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note from us.

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    Pledge €125 or more About $139

    Manus Machinae Single glove: You will get a single glove (left or right handed). Use this so you can take over the Virtual World! Includes a user interface and Software Developers Kit (SDK). When the production starts, we will contact you for the choice of it's size (XS, S, M, L, XL). Shipping and handling costs separate, see FAQ

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    Pledge €199 or more About $221

    Manus Machinae: You will get a pair of gloves. Use these so you can take over the Virtual World! Includes a user interface and Software Developers Kit (SDK). When the production starts, we will contact you for the choice of it's size (XS, S, M, L, XL). Shipping and handling costs separate, see FAQ

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    Pledge €375 or more About $416

    Co-op Mode: Get all the benefits listed above on the default Manus Machinae pledge. Plus, you will get an additional set for both hands. World Domination isn’t easy; so bring a friend in order to take over the Virtual World together! When the production starts, we will contact you for the choice of it's size (XS, S, M, L, XL). Shipping and handling costs separate, see FAQ

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    Pledge €7,000 or more About $7,761

    Original Prototype of the Manus Machinae: Get the original Manus Machinae prototype as seen in the early video. You will also receive the Co-op mode plus the Combo Package. We will also invite you for an office visit and dinner with the team.

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    Pledge €7,000 or more About $7,761

    Custom made Manus Machinae: You will be invited to come to the Netherlands. You will be picked up by the entire team and be shown around. We will personally build you a pair of gloves which you will receive when we arrive at the office. This set will be truly Unique. Also you will be the first one with a fully functioning set.

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