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A Wireless Virtual Reality HMD that's Fashionable & Compact; Features 3D Gesture Input, Position Tracking, & Augmented Reality Overlays
A Wireless Virtual Reality HMD that's Fashionable & Compact; Features 3D Gesture Input, Position Tracking, & Augmented Reality Overlays
A Wireless Virtual Reality HMD that's Fashionable & Compact; Features 3D Gesture Input, Position Tracking, & Augmented Reality Overlays
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Impression π: Wireless VR+AR with Gesture+Position Tracking

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Impression PI is a revolutionary VR headset. It is wireless, enabling unencumbered movement, and incorporates 3D gesture control, position tracking, and a perfect combination of both virtual and augmented realities, to provide you the most complete and interactive VR and AR experience.

Update 4/23/2015 -- Live Demo video detailing our latest progress on position tracking in AR overlay and interactive VR / 3D hand-gesture recognition and tracking. Check out the amazing butterflies....

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At Impression Pi's core is a computer-vision powerhouse – made possible by our specially designed sensing hardware, computing unit, and advanced algorithms. 

Hardware Diagram
Hardware Diagram

Below is a Live Demo Video from VRLA's Spring Expo on March 22, 2015.  We had 3 demo stations: 

1. Our 3D gesture control technology in our own VR headset 

2. AR (and real world) overlays in our own VR headset 

3. Our 3D gesture tracking technology running on a smartphone. 

Quite a few professionals and experts working in the field of gesture technology came by to try out our mobile gesture demo and were impressed by our technology's performance.

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 3D gesture control: Core vision module with computer vision algorithm senses hand actions and gestures in 3D. The algorithm is highly optimized to perform well on mobile platforms, enabling gesture control on mobile VR devices. It's much more convenient than traditional inputs, as the users are able to interact with VR content in a natural manner, easily control the interface, take phone calls, etc, without needing to take off the headset.  

Position Tracking: Impression Pi uses unique technologies designed to track the user’s head position inside-out. By observing the relative position, Impression Pi quickly calculates your actual movements with a high degree of precision.

AR Overlay: Impression Pi’s advanced dual camera module captures and displays the real world to the user, then overlays VR images and virtual objects, like living holograms. With collision detection capability, Impression Pi gives a warning based on obstacles it detects in the real world. 

Head Rotation Tracking: Impression Pi has a built in high performance IMU (sampling rate >1000Hz) and AHRS algorithm, which enables high performance orientation tracking, giving users a very smooth and immersive VR and AR viewing experience.

Pledge Levels
Pledge Levels

Starter: You can use the Starter Pack with any smartphone to enjoy a basic VR experience. With a customized faceplate, it‘s like a more fashionable Cardboard! Just slip your phone into the headset, start a VR app, and enter an immersive virtual world. You can upgrade your Starter Pack to the Empower version by purchasing the Core board separately.

Core: The Core Package is designed for DIY lovers. It includes our camera sensing module and computer vision algorithms which provide 3D gesture recognition, hand tracking, position tracking, and augmented realities. You can use Core in any project, whether it's adding intelligent eyes to your GearVR or Cardboard setup, building your own VR headset, or even creating a robot or advanced drone!

Empower: Impression Pi Empower pack turns your smartphone into the most powerful wireless interactive VR+AR headset. It is equivalent to Starter headset with an embedded Core vision board. The board adds extra power to your smartphone, providing a better VR experience and enabling 3D gesture control, position tracking and AR capabilities.

Master An all-in-one integrated headset with a built-in display and embedded computer system, the master pack is designed for everyone, and works without a smartphone. You’ll enjoy the best wireless VR and AR experience with no DIY or assembly required.

(Note: The Core Pack is only the Impression Pi vision board. The Master Pack does not require a smartphone, but the Starter and Empower Package do.)

 Live Demo at GDC 2015 --  VR with 3D gesture and AR overlay 

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Risks and challenges

The Impression Pi team of researchers, engineers and designers have previously worked on projects that have produced cutting edge 3D and VR innovations, and products beloved by millions, including Intel microprocessors, the iPhone and GoPro.

Our manufacturing partners have made numerous products that are already in your pockets, and our selection of components has been finalized. However, delays in production could occur depending on the availability of components and the speed of the manufacturing process.

Our hand tracking design is complete. Our prototype works perfectly and has been tested in real life digital signage environments for months to verify robustness and accuracy. 

The head position tracking is working superbly in our lab setup, but we are improving its latency and accuracy to ensure it works perfectly in all environments. The Impression Pi system board includes a software update feature, so we can keep improving and delivering new features even after the hardware has been shipped.

The Impression Pi system board adds advanced VR/AR features. It is fully compatible with and connects to PC and Android systems via USB, and has a lightning port to communicate with iPhones; however, the app level compatibility with the iPhone remains subject to final App Store approval.

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    Thank you for supporting our mission to build the next generation of mobile VR+AR experience.

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    Customize your very own VR faceplate (with beautiful Pi logo) to decorate your VR headset. We’ll also sign you up to the Pi Fan Club for exclusive Impression Pi updates, including videos and photos of our progress. We will send you email with details on how to customize it.

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    Early Bird Special—Impression Pi Starter Pack: You’ll receive a fashionable headset for your mobile phone +VR faceplate. You can later upgrade to the Empower edition by purchasing the integrated high performance vision+IMU board.

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    Impression Pi Starter Pack: You’ll receive a fashionable headset for your mobile phone +VR faceplate. You can later upgrade to the Empower edition by purchasing the integrated high performance vision+IMU board.

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    Impression Pi Core Package -- the core sensor module of Pi: You’ll receive the integrated board with Camera Sensing/Vision control module and high performance IMU —for DIY lovers to build your own interactive VR/AR headsets, robots, or drones

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    Early Bird Special—Impression Pi Empower Package: You’ll receive a completed, interactive VR headset, with an integrated board embedded. The board contains camera sensing/vision control model and IMU.

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    Impression Pi Empower Package: You’ll receive a completed, interactive VR headset, with an integrated board embedded. The board contains camera sensing/vision control model and IMU.

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    Impression Pi Developer’s Edition -- Early delivery: Impression Pi Empower Package + Full SDK + enrollment in the Pi Developers Program to get special support from the team. Submit content for the Pi Store. This special Pi package is for hardcore Pi lovers

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    Impression Pi All-in-One Master: If you have a smartphone that is not listed on the page, no worries. We offer a nice integrated Master package! You’ll get an all-in-one integrated headset with a built-in display and completed interactive system.

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    Couple Package: 2X Impression Pi Empower, with two faceplates of your choice.

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    Family Package: 4X Impression.Pi Empower and four faceplates of your choice.

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    Collector’s Package: Impression.Pi Empower, all three faceplates, Impression Pi Core, Impression Pi Starter, and Impression Pi Master.

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    Partnership Package x5: 5X Impression.Pi Empower (including one faceplate), and you’ll get to meet our team and tour our R&D facilities in the Bay Area (US) or Hangzhou (China).

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    Partnership Master Package x5: 5X Impression Pi Master pack (including one faceplate), and you’ll get to meet our team and tour our R&D facilities in the Bay Area (US) or Hangzhou (China).

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    Partnership Package x10: 10X Impression Pi Empower (including one faceplate), and you’ll get to meet our team and tour our R&D facilities in the Bay Area (US) or Hangzhou (China).

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