Kaaya Tech reached its $50,000 Kickstarter funding goal for the HoloSuit, a wearable haptic controller for virtual reality. The company will start shipping the suit, available in several versions, in November. The top-end version, HoloSuit Pro, offers 36 sensors, nine haptic feedback devices and six firing buttons, spread across two finger-tracking gloves, a pair of pants with feet extensions and a jacket with a head extension. The lower end model offers 26 sensors, and comes with a jacket or jersey with haptics and buttons.
VentureBeat reports that, for the more basic HoloSuit, “jackets, pants, and gloves can also be purchased individually for tracking of specific body parts.” Kaaya shows its HoloSuits being used for “everything from sports training to human control of robots, instructing emergency services personnel, and even simulating conditions within military vehicles.”
The HoloSuit allows the user to train her body and “develop physical muscle memory during lessons, rather than wielding controllers and developing only mental memories during training.” The suit uses embedded sensors, rather than external cameras, for all the body motion capture necessary, providing data “wirelessly through either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth LE to a VR setup using Unity or a Wi-Fi SDK.”
The suit supports HTC Vive, Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality, HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR, as well as Android and iOS tablets and phones. Despite the embedded sensors, the HoloSuit is also washable (the sensors are connected to the suit via Velcro and must be removed before washing). The HoloSuit Pro costs $1,599, whereas a complete lower end version starts at $999. Gloves are on sale for $249 for each hand. Kaaya is offering “lightly discounted” prices throughout the Kickstarter campaign, which goes until the end of July.