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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
508 backers pledged $301,719 to help bring this project to life.

Final Reminder to Our Kickstarter Backers -- PLEASE READ

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Announcement to our Valued Impression Pi Backers

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To our Valued Impression Pi backers,

We launched our Kickstarter project to build something that The Verge described as "everything a VR headset should be." Support from backers like you and industry feedback strengthened our confidence that we were on the right track.

However, as the saying goes, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

A product like Impression Pi requires not only our core inside-out hand and position tracking, but also a full content pipeline, scalable manufacturing, optimization at the silicon level, and effective post-sales support. None are easy, no matter if you're a tech powerhouse or a scrappy startup. This is especially true for ARVR.

We've had to make an honest assessment of the best path towards building the product we all want. We realized that we'd best serve you and the industry by focusing on our core inside-out tracking technology. By partnering with system vendors, high quality products similar to Impression Pi can become a reality more quickly, at a lower cost. And by focusing on our developer kit and working with content developers, we’ll help the industry create truly exciting and enjoyable ARVR content and offer a much richer content library to you.

Unfortunately, that meant we had to make the painful decision to terminate our Impression Pi product line and implement a new business model as a core technology provider. This tough decision was made in early 2016 and since then we have made great strides in executing on our new product strategy. At the same time, we have still tried our best to fulfill the original intent of our Kickstarter project and to meet the expectations of our valued Kickstarter backers as closely as possible. However, we have recently realized that, due to the limited resources of a startup, it has become very difficult for us to meet our business goals while pursuing the Impression Pi product line. Meanwhile, we also realized that regardless of our good intentions, further delays will only result in greater disappointment for our backers.

To show our deep gratitude for your support, as well as our sincere apology for this change, we will:

  • issue refunds to our backers who are waiting for their rewards, and
  • provide a full refund to those who've already received their rewards but prefer not to keep them. 

Please contact us by March 31, 2017, for the refund or return shipping details and we will arrange that immediately.

However, we hope that our relationship continues. You all took a chance on us and will always have an honored place in our company. Whether you're a developer or an early adopter, your opinions matter to us.

We're confident in the future of not just ARVR, but in the benefits of inside-out tracking. By focusing on our strengths and working with the industry, we believe the ARVR revolution is just around the corner. Thank you for being part of this journey.

Sincerely,

The uSens team

We Shipped Your Core and Empower Rewards!

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Greeting Impression Pi Core and Empower Backers,

Happy Lunar New Year!

Good news! We just shipped our first batch of Core and Empower rewards to those who have confirmed their shipping information in time, right before the Lunar New Year holiday. You can expect the delivery in the coming two weeks. Once you received your shipment, we are more than happy to assist you in getting setup and any additional questions that you might have. 

Impression Pi Empower Packaging
Impression Pi Empower Packaging

 

Empower Pack
Empower Pack

 

Empower Pack
Empower Pack

 

Empower Pack
Empower Pack

For the backers that confirmed after our first shipment, we will send out your rewards after Lunar New Year. We will notify you via private messages.

For the backers who haven't confirmed your shipping information, you are welcome to do so via private message any time. We need to confirm this information before we can ship your exciting Core and Empower Pack. 

To confirm shipping info, through private message, could you please provide below information:

Recipient Name:

Street:

City:

State:

Zip code:

Country:

Contact Phone:

Thank you very much for your ongoing support and patience. Feel free to contact us any time!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Best regards,

The uSens Team

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Greetings Impression Pi Backers,

Happy Thanksgiving!

We can now tell you that we aim to have Core and Empower Package orders shipped in time for Christmas! We are diligently working on the software while waiting on a final manufacturer estimate for Master package shipments. 

We would like to schedule an open forum with all of our backers who have questions regarding the shipping dates and other details of your rewards at 8AM PST on next Thursday, December 1 to accommodate European/Asian backers. 

Raj Rao, our Sr. BD & Market Strategist, will talk about where we are and answer all of your questions in this open forum.

Here is the link to join:

https://join.skype.com/rjZOg6a2pxfm?source=outlook

Meanwhile, below are some updates on the software/content side for you:

Pi Home

We are finalizing a hand-tracking based UI where you can launch apps, control video playback, and much more. We're also working on partnerships to give you content optimized for our tracking tech. 

Pi Home UI
Pi Home UI

Here is a glance of how it works:

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SDK 

By December, we'll release a major update to our SDK that will improve stability, accuracy, and efficiency. At that point we'll also open our developer network to the public. Our business development team is also working on deals to have our SDK integrated into major platforms so that our developers have access to a large customer base. 

In Conclusion 

We intend to make 2017 a breakout year for us and we appreciate you helping us get there. As always, feel free to share any questions, comments, and feedback. 

Thank you all for your ongoing support and patience! Enjoy your turkeys!

Best,

The uSens Team

Impression Pi Production Development and Research Development Update

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Greetings Impression Pi Backers,

October is here and it's time for another update! First off, we want to say we sincerely appreciate the support, patience, and understanding as we work to fulfill your Kickstarter orders. We want to give you an inside-peak of what we're doing to crush the many challenges involved in delivering a truly next generation ARVR system.  

As some of you may have noticed, inside-out position tracking was a hot topic at this years Oculus Connect. Cracking this puzzle is no easy task - in fact the prototype Oculus demoed is still just a prototype. Developing a robust inside-out position tracking, especially for a mobile/standalone involves a few specific challenges.

  • Developing a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithm that can perform reliably in the types of use cases and settings that developers and end-users would be in. For example, inside-out position tracking in a minimalist apartment with bare walls is going to be much more challenging than in a messy college dorm room with walls covered in posters. 
  • Refining our deep learning training algorithm that will help us perfect our hand tracking. 
  • Components, Components, Components: For a system to work (and to not have a battery exploding on your face), we rely on a variety of third party suppliers. Each component needs to work in harmony with each other, and perform to the standards set by our SDK. 

These are just a couple high level problems we're working on solving. Since our Kickstarter campaign, we've hired 20+ senior engineers and computer vision scientists (including over 10 PhDs) who are tackling everything from our firmware, hand/position tracking algorithms, supply chain management, and optimization for various semiconductor platforms. We're also building the groundwork for scaling up our manufacturing and distribution operations and launched developer contests in both the United States and China with $100,000 in total cash prizes each. 

As our first paid customers and supporters, you will always hold a special place in our company's history. We are working tirelessly to fulfill our promise to deliver a system that sets a new industry standard for what a compelling VR experience should be. Here is the updated timeline provided by our PD department:

Impression Pi Production Roadmap
Impression Pi Production Roadmap

As always, we welcome all of your comments, questions, and ideas. Thank you so much for being part of our journey and we will keep you updated!

All the best,

The uSens Team