The new IMAX VR Centres goal to fuse the perfect arcade VR games with the perfect peripherals, for an expertise you possibly can’t get from your house VR headset. For the brand new (and awkwardly named) Justice League: An IMAX VR Exclusive expertise the Centre is about to debut the ‘Reactive Grip’ haptic controller from Tactical Haptics.
Tactical Haptics has been on the VR scene because the early days, creating their novel haptic know-how which they name Reactive Grip.
The distinctive haptic tech incorporates sliding bars into the palm-grip of a controller, which may apply shear forces that replicate the sensation of an object shifting inside your hand (just like the grip of a pistol, sword, or tennis racket twisting and pushing again towards your palm). It’s a convincing and immersive effect that may’t be achieved with conventional rumble haptics.
Tactical Haptics has continued to develop the tech over the previous few years however hasn’t fairly discovered a match within the evolving VR market panorama. The firm took the venture to Kickstarter again in 2013 (years earlier than Touch or Vive have been introduced), however failed to garner sufficient help from builders within the nascent VR group (hardly an ‘industry’ at that time). Last yr the corporate raised $2.2 million, and has been exploring new alternatives afforded by the rising out-of-home VR leisure market.
Now the corporate has introduced that the Reactive Grip controller will see its business debut in a pilot venture that pairs the system with the Justice League: An IMAX VR Exclusive expertise within the IMAX VR Centre in Los Angeles to begin:
The built-in haptic suggestions will permit gamers to step into the footwear of the long-lasting DC Super Heroes and expertise the inertia and impression of swinging Wonder Woman’s sword, the recoil of Cyborg’s white noise gun and mini-cannons, or the sensation of the drag decreasing on Flash’s arms as they speed up via a subway tunnel to save Metropolis.
The newest model of the controller is claimed to be “simplified, more robust, and more integrated than […] prior controller designs,” and is made to help each the Vive Tracker and Oculus Touch as monitoring choices. Tactical Haptics says they’ll offer extra particulars on their newest Reactive Grip controller design later this yr and firstly of 2018 at CES.