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Wireless, modular motion tracking system for the most natural and intuitive interaction with video games, virtual reality, and more.
Wireless, modular motion tracking system for the most natural and intuitive interaction with video games, virtual reality, and more.
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STEM System Shipping Update and a Sneak Peek at Production

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We are currently preparing the STEM System pre-production prototypes and we intend to begin shipping them by December 11th. These prototypes are going to Kickstarter backers who pledged at the Silver level and above, as well as to other VR developers who have specifically ordered prototypes.

The pre-production prototypes are being manufactured in the US, with 3D-printed plastics from Shapeways, and will include the final electronics, beta firmware, and a beta SDK (including the Core API).

We will incorporate any final feedback from users of the prototypes where possible before pushing start on factory production for the remainder of the STEM System units for Kickstarter backers(~45 days).

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They say a picture's worth a thousand words.  Here are 7000 words  : )

STEM Pack Boards #1
STEM Pack Boards #1
STEM Pack Boards #2
STEM Pack Boards #2
STEM Pack Boards #3
STEM Pack Boards #3
STEM Board Production Facility
STEM Board Production Facility
STEM System Prototype Box
STEM System Prototype Box
STEM System Prototype in Box
STEM System Prototype in Box
STEM Base Exposed
STEM Base Exposed
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      Tof3r on January 9, 2015

      Assuming you all pledged $1000 or more then you should be excited. everyone else... Not so much as you still have to wait. Shipping is for Silver package and above

    2. John Gwinner on December 23, 2014

      @Yann Vernier: Good info! Thanks.

      == John ==

    3. Michael Banks on December 18, 2014

      off topic: How can I change my delivery address ? I was reading over my pledge & realized I've moved on since then... * I sent a private message... hope the Sixense team picks it up :)

    4. Michael Banks on December 18, 2014

      AWEeeeeeSOME !!!!!

    5. Michael Banks on December 18, 2014

      Wow.... It'S ALIVE !!

    6. Kilian Steenman on December 13, 2014

      Pretty sure they are centered in the final design.

    7. MWoody
      Superbacker
      on December 12, 2014

      Looks awesome; I'm very excited. One odd question that I'm sure has been answered, but I was curious: are the controllers reversed from one another? Looking at the image at the top of the kickstarter page, I'm struck by how odd it looks to have the stick on the right side of both.

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      rachid boudil on December 12, 2014

      what i dislike about with stem :
      - every button of controller is around the thumstick
      - no removable battery (that why i think that xbox controler is better than ps4 controller)
      - the module sensor is too huge !
      - prototype delivery is so close that release than only minor change will be possible

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      Yann Vernier on December 12, 2014

      There is not a lot of empty space on that PCB. The region that doesn't have the ground planes is where the triple-axis magnetic antenna goes; any superfluous metal there would disturb the signal (I'd consider avoiding screws in that end). Having that secion part of the PCB is worth it for reliability and mounting. The next section is the analog front end, which is rather impressively packed. After that the room is mostly decided by the controllers, before we get to the power and mounting section, where you might be able to shave a millimeter or two, but it's also a likely source of switching noise. If anything notable could be saved here it's by integrating the onboard devices, as it looks like we have separate chips reading out sensor data and communicating off-board. I expect the choice of external dedicated ADCs was not made lightly. I also see three layers of testing pads (to inspect functionality between blocks) and a programming port, which take a slight amount of space but couldn't reasonably be reduced at this stage. Thanks for the engineering porn (:

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      Firefly on December 11, 2014

      Can't wait. When do backers. Get light saber and shooting prefab for unity pro o and udk
      You gotta get this out before the priovr. Good work

    11. Andreas
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2014

      So much empty space on that PCB…

    12. Joe Lackner on December 11, 2014

      oh, i think i see mine!

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      edzieba on December 11, 2014

      Are those 5 antennae on the STEM base dedicated 1 per controller?