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VR headset that relays facial expressions to the virtual world

by • July 24, 2016 • No Comments

VR hardware is may already capable-bodied of tracking your head, your hands, your eyes and in a few cases, your feet, but Veeso is claimed to be the initially VR headset to capture your face and transmit your expressions – and as a outcome, your emotions – onto a virtual avatar in real time. With it, the company is emphasizing emotional connections through chat apps and social games like poker.

Similar to the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, Veeso is a smartphone-based VR headset, which the company claims is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Unlike those aforementioned headsets, yet, Veeso has two infrared cameras mounted on it to capture the wearer’s facial expressions.

One of these cameras is located between the eyes to capture pupil movements, eyebrows, and how open or closed the eyelids are, while the 2nd hangs off the bottom of the unit, bringing in the jaw, lips and mouth. Together, of what we see in the videos, they seem to do a fairly solid job of covering the whole face and mimicking the facial expressions on a digital avatar in real time.

In many current VR games, you don’t usually see your character’s face, and if you do, having them copy your expression most likely isn’t going to add much to the experience. But if we’re going to spending time interacting with other actual individuals in virtual worlds, be it multiplayer games or social applications, which is where a lot of those involved with VR see the innovation heading, and so being able-bodied to see individuals’s real world facial expressions in real time can be key.

Potential applications suggested by the company so far include a kind of VR video call, where individuals sit together in virtual rooms and have a chat through the mouths of cartoon frogs and squirrels, and additional traditional social games like poker and charades. Veeso says it plans to release at very least 10 applications and games for the platform in the initially six months.

As informative as the tech sounds, store in mind which the most Veeso can do content-wise is use existing Google Cardboard content for smartphones. The most mobile VR library is locked behind the Gear VR’s Samsung/Oculus walled garden. With which in mind, the product itself may not end up being as enticing as the general prospect of VR facial tracking.

Veeso is already seeking funding on Kickstarter in order to start Phase 2 of the product’s development. An Early Bird pledge of US$70 can get you a unit, or if you are a manufacturer or interested tinkerer, you can get your hands (and face) on the headset and dev kit for $80. If all goes to plan, the company says the device can ship in December.

The team demonstrates the Veeso headset in the video at a lower place.

Source: Veeso

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