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UPDATE 7/02: We have added Lighthouse integration (the Lighthouse sensor is now integrated into the FOVE headset!), but note that Valve's Lighthouse Base Station and any additional controllers are NOT included with FOVE Pre-Orders and will be sold separately.
UPDATE 6/16: You want Lighthouse! We want Lighthouse! We’ve already begun speaking with Valve to explore the possibilities. Today, we’d like to announce our most exciting stretch goal yet. At $700k raised, we'll pursue support of Lighthouse, the most accurate VR positional tracking system on the market, and bring native support for OpenVR.
UPDATE 6/9: What about an upgrade package for eye tracking and retrofitting your current VR headset? This can get quite expensive - With FOVE, there's no need to pay $15,000 or ship it to a manufacturer to retrofit. We've taken care of every detail and have designed FOVE from the inside out for an incredibly seamless experience. Get yours now >
UPDATE 6/5: Whoa. We're at $400,000 raised and 160% funded! THANK YOU! We’re happy to announce our first stretch goal: a full FOVE eye tracking minigame at $500,000 raised.
UPDATE 5/24: What would you develop for FOVE? See what we've done so far to bring eye tracking to virtual reality:
UPDATE 5/22: We hit our goal! THANK YOU! Now let's show the world just how powerful virtual reality could be in a very human way. The dream is alive, but our work is far from done.
Immerse Yourself in Worlds that React to Your Eyes and Emotions. Experience Precision Control in Virtual Reality.
Built-in cutting-edge eye tracking technology, plus wide field of view, high resolution display, and head tracking, all in one affordable HMD.
Adaptable to current virtual reality applications from Unity, Unreal Engine, and Cryengine. Make incredible games from day one.
A VR Headset Worth Talking About
"Make eye contact with characters in games or aim weapons much more quickly than with a mouse or keyboard.” - TechCrunch
“Eye-tracking actually stands to add a lot to the VR experience in both performance and functionality—it could represent a major competitive advantage.” - Road to VR
“Not only does [foveated rendering] mimic human vision in the real world by blurring the areas that the user isn't looking at directly, but it also allows computing resources responsible for rendering a scene to be allocated more efficiently.” - Gizmag
Cutting-Edge Design and Technology at an Affordable Price.
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Eye Play the Piano is a collaborative project between the University of Tsukuba’s Special Needs Education School for the Physically Challenged and FOVE. FOVE recognizes eye movement and blinks to trigger the selected chord, which is then conveyed to the piano.
How FOVE Works: Eye Tracking
FOVE enables eye-tracking by incorporating custom small form-factor infrared sensors inside the headset. These sensors bounce light off the retina to register how the eyes are angled. Our unique algorithms can calculate the parallax between the eyes to track and measure depth-of-field focus.
View our Demo at TechCrunch Disrupt 2014
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- Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London (July 2014)
- Rothenberg Ventures River VR Accelerator (February 2015)
Our team combines experts in gaming, virtual reality, and top hardware technologies. Together, we dream to bring true expressive power to the virtual world.
Lochlainn is an expert in facial recognition technology, who has top-notch skills in image processing and mathematical solutions. Before FOVE, he worked at an Australian startup to develop algorithms for facial recognition software used by surveillance cameras at major airports. A natural tinkerer who taught himself rapid prototyping, FOVE combines his passions for eye-tracking algorithms and hardware design into one seamless package.
We Need Your Help, Kickstarter
We believe our technology is inspiring, and we want to inspire more to join us. We are looking to build a community of developers to create interesting applications and uses for FOVE, and we hope to share and learn more from each of you in turn.
BELOW FOR JAPANESE SPEAKERS:
Risks and challenges
The complexity of manufacturing a product at this caliber takes great effort and precision. FOVE began from the University of Tokyo’s academic collaboration facility in Tokyo, Japan, and development is being carried out at one of Japan’s top hardware laboratories.
We are committed to incorporating the latest VR technology, with cooperation from Asian hardware manufacturers such as Toshiba and Samsung.
Delays can occur at any stage in the process: from sourcing components to factory test runs, and manufacturing runs. Even shipping FOVE to your doorstep in one piece will take great care and thought.
Keep in mind that we are targeting to start shipping in early 2016: We can expect that not everyone, even entire countries, will not receive FOVE at the exact same time. We'll ask for your patience and offer all the support we can.
We want to commit to the Spring 2016 timeline because we are confident that we've found trustworthy manufacturers in Japan and have worked with them to create working models that are sleek, reliable, and safe to use.
We will be in communication with you every step of the way and alert you to any unexpected challenges. We'll even give you behind-the-scenes looks at what it's like to bring this technology to life. You'll be more than glad you became a part of this.
The FOVE Team
Absolutely not! Only after our campaign has reached its goal and we have successfully closed the campaign is any money taken out of your account as per the Kickstarter rules. Please check out Kickstarter FAQ page: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter+basics
Don't worry! We'll be sending a message to all our backers asking for an up-to-date shipping address before we send out any of the rewards. You'll have a chance to email us your ideal shipping destination then.
KICKSTARTER: I live outside the United States. Can I still contribute to the project and be eligible for rewards?
Absolutely! We’re excited to offer FOVE internationally.
Yes. It is possible to adjust the tightness depending on the size of the head. FOVE can be used by anyone of various age groups ranging from small children to adults.
Yes, for clear contact lenses. Certain cosmetic, colored lenses are not recommended while using FOVE because the sensors woud not recognize eyes and pupils correctly. We generally do not recommend using FOVE while wearing glsses because some glasses' frames will block the sensors while tracking your eyes. Some bigger glasses are fine if they fit into the headset and do not block sensors from tracking the eyes.
The FOVE team is working very hard toward acquiring contents on FOVE platform. That’s why this Kickstarter is so important: game developers need to add support for FOVE to their titles to make them ready for you to play. Show your support by contributing to the campaign and tell us which titles you would want to see on FOVE!
We encourage all game developers to develop on FOVE. We are compatible with almost all of the game engines, including Unity, Unreal Engine, and Cryengine. We are working towards having premium content partnership with some big name game developers, please stay tuned!
Head Position Tracking is in development and will be supported by the time we ship FOVE.
We believe that our dev kit is pretty consumer ready based on the current market. You'll get the full, beautiful FOVE Headset that we show on our page. It's up to you, but we'd like as many backers as possible on this edition, to show the world that people demand the power of eye tracking in VR! :)
Projected is what we are aiming for and think we can achieve.
The retail price of FOVE will range from $400-$500
We are planning to ship in Q1 of 2016. We will send regular updates to confirm manufacturing an shipping status.
FOVE comes with a one-year limited liability warranty that protects you against manufacturing defects.
It comes from the Fovea of the eye, the part of the eye with the highest visual acuity, and Field of View. It also looks a lot like Love, which is awesome too.
We now have 7 team members. If you are interested in joining the FOVE team please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOVE will be manufactured in Japan.
Please send an email to email@example.com regarding investment opportunities.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a few team members answering emails, so please be patient with us and keep in mind that we're getting many customer support requests per day. We will get back to you ASAP.
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