Gaming exoskeleton that pairs with Oculus Rift surfaces at CES

PrioVR full-body tracking suit comes to Consumer Electronics Show with second crowdfunding effort to launch next month.

After failing to gather enough funds on Kickstarter last year, the PrioVR full-body gaming exoskeleton is back this week at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show for a second try. GameSpot sister site CNET reports that the company behind the suit, YEI Technology, has partnered with virtual reality company Oculus Rift for a more immersive version of the tech.

The half-body PrioVR suit features sensors for a user's head, elbows, and wrists; meanwhile, the full-body suit features sensors that track your shoulder, waist, and leg movements. As you can see in the image above, players hold a nunchuck-like controller to navigate the game environment.

According to YEI's leader of research and development Paul Yost, this will allow you to drop to the ground, roll around, shoot under your leg, and even curl up into the fetal position.

"We have this collection of inertial sensors that combines with a software that ties all that together into this skeletal model," he said. "All that happens on the system itself, so there's no computational load on the PC other than the communication."

Along with the software are API plug-ins, which Yost said are compatible with all major gaming engines, which will allow developers to add support for the suit to their titles. PCs are the focus right away, but Yost said he's hopeful support for consoles will be added in the future.

Check out CNET's full write-up on the PrioVR full-body gaming exoskeleton for more.

On February 14, YEI will launch a new Kickstarter campaign for the PrioVR with a goal of less than $100,000. The original campaign asked for $225,000, but only gathered $111,000. The full-body suit is expected to sell for $400, while the half-body suit will go for around $270.

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oflow
oflow

Yo dog I heard you like swirlies?  Have we got a product for you!!!

C-THREE
C-THREE

I just heard about this companies tracking system. me, I'm going with sixenses STEM system for my vr tracking needs. sixense is the same company that made the razer hydra controllers.

Stiler
Stiler

Not relaly going to take off. 

IMO What they need with the Oculus Rift is a form of glove that you put on each hand and the glove can tell where your hand is within the games and it allows you full freeform of movement with each individual finger,e tc. 

That will be the biggest step that would help with the rift and games in general if they could get a controller htat worked like that.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

When will they learn that anything which you have to strap yourself into, or onto, or strap onto you, is going to be pretty much dead before it starts.

No one is going to buy something that takes several minutes to set up. Right now you plop down on your sofa or chair or bed or whatever, pick up a controller and start playing.

If you have to switch it on and then start latching various devices to your arms it just isn't going to work. I mean take it one step further and start playing games with your friends and it will mean you all have to latch and delatch all of the different parts before you swap players. So pointless when you can simply pass them a controller. Hell even passing a mouse and keyboard would be better than this.

McGregor
McGregor

This is awesome. And who cares how stupid you look using it. I'm sure there are people who think you look stupid staring at a TV with a controller in your hand too.

pyro1245
pyro1245

why would you want to roll around on the floor while playing video games?

genjuroT
genjuroT

imagine having two handguns and being able to shoot in 2 directions at once? Or a flashlight in one hand a handgun in the other? That'd make a great horror game.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"curl up into the fetal position" I reckon that this feature has been widely requested by noobs who get owned over and over by leet players.


Seriously speaking, this kind of development could make for more realistic movement in games. How many times have I not pondered about how awkward it is to only be able to walk, run and jump over things. Sometimes you can't even jump or get over fences that measure two feet in height. God forbid that we simply step over obstacles like that.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

The only thing i dislike about the Oculus is that if paired with a headset you have no awareness of your surroundings, a burglar would laugh his ass off seeing you waving your arms around with that thing strapped to your face while he takes all you stuff. I can just imagine taking it off and looking around a now empty room 0_o

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Cool I guess but what games would actually be worth it to put all this stuff on?


I'd be down for an RPG or MMO game that utilizes it. Would be cool to swing a sword or use a staff for spells. But, even then, it still might not be enough; not for long.

jer_1
jer_1

Not quite what I had in mind when i read exoskeleton. I think strapon's would have been more accurate!  xD

arqe
arqe

Okey now make a bundle Exo Skeleton & Oculust Rift and make an arena like paintball / airsoft type or gladiator arena style things and make it "PARTY ONLY" not lone geeks playing at home. i rather go for this to play "shooter" , no more bruise in paintball games !

never-named
never-named

This is starting to get pretty ridiculous now.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

The thing with all of the new fangled peripherals is that they need developer support or they are just heaps of wire and 3D printed plastic. I do not see any of this gaining much traction until the main driving force (VR) gets a chance to take off.


People making these things I advise you to wait until there is a reason for devs to want to take the time to add support for your gimmick. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

The guy in the pic is a T-800. What is a T-800? It's a cybernetic organism: living tissue over a metal endoskeleton. His mission is to protect you from buying this product.

Solace427
Solace427

This is cool but personally not for gaming. The simplicity of using a controller or mouse/keyboard is more than enough for me

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

This might appeal to the super geeks. I don't see too many people doing this in their living rooms. The future of gaming looks like a big hassle lol

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

I could see multiplayer matches for first person shooters with people spinning on the ground like Homer Simpsons.

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

I don't have enough space in my computer room to roll around on the floor. I don't think I'd want to with an Oculus strapped to my head and banging into the walls and furniture. Also don't want to be running around my house while playing.

negduke1981
negduke1981

Couldn't be arsed spending half the time wiring myself up to something.

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

Using cameras like Kinect looks easier. That´s a reason for it´s Kickstarter campaign fail.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

This + The treadmilly thing + Oculus Rift = Win!

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@StilerIn time I bet you'll be able to put on a onsie suit for complete control of all your extremeties in VR - fingers, toes, buttocks, you name it. But one step at a time...

oflow
oflow

@Dannystaples14 Exactly.  The thing is bulky, cumbersome AND expensive.  Whos gonna spend the money to buy four sets of these things to play a co-op game?


Just like hardly anyone uses 3D tvs these things will fail until the tech is smaller and cheaper.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Dannystaples14Wow, they really should have asked you before going ahead with it. Tens of millions of dollars wasted... those poor dumb bastards.

deth420
deth420

@pyro1245 sometimes i stretch and game!   its gonna replace hot yoga. gaming yoga, coming to a gym near you!

Spire8989
Spire8989

@genjuroT You can already do this with the Rift and Razer Hydras - the Crashland demo lets you shoot in different directions and its a ton of fun. This is the future, but I don't expect people to realize until they try it themselves.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@genjuroT Imagine standing in your living room with that getup moving around like an idiot.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@GamerLegend10Very rarely do burglars go into a room that's already occupied. They like to "work" in privacy and so will almost never bother breaking in if someone is there. Also, I'm always aware of what goes on in other rooms, even when playing games with headphones on. I can't listen to what people are saying in other rooms, but I hear if someone is there.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@jer_1My first thought was a quote from Terminator 2 where Arnold explains what he is. Ripley also dons an exoskeleton in Aliens and then there's of course Crysis. This looks more like hockey pads.

Spire8989
Spire8989

@negduke1981 It's wireless and you just strap it on real quick... How lazy are you people?

good_evil
good_evil

@oflow @Dannystaples14 Two things: this is for PC and there is like no one playing co-op game on same PC, not over network. Maybe with steambox, but now you have 24-27" screen because you usually do other stuff on PC not only game (this is too small for split screen) and there have been released probably several PC games that support co-op on same PC ever. Oculus said they not planing to support consoles at all, only PC and apparently Android (I guess you could watch media from phone like on 72" screen). So how you can talk about this device using console arguments :)

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Sl4cka Problem with that is they probably have just wasted tens of millions because no one but select groups will buy it. Same with that stupid Omni Treadmill. No one is going to buy that for their house. That will be bought for group activities. Like a church youth club or the odd school. No one wants a monstrosity like that in their house. And no one wants to play COD when it requires them to jog for an hour. Most people couldn't jog for an hour even if they tried. So how can they ever expect to make a decent profit? I mean I most often play games at night, if I have to run around on a treadmill to do it, I'd end up waking the entire house up with my thudding footfalls for a start and I'd then need to take a shower most likely to get rid of the sweat running off of me.

Even the Oculus Rift is on rocky ground right now. Plenty of people love it and it has LOTS of backing funds. Yet it hasn't even been released yet. Some people will be early adopters sure. But it is going to have to be pretty damn awesome for most people to justify buying one. If they don't Oculus have just spent many millions designing the thing for nothing.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Hurvl@GamerLegend10I know lol, i was joking about the burglars. However i can see a bunch of pranks popping up on youtube messing with people using the device.

I cant hear anything with my headset, it's kinda annoying sometimes, being deaf and blind to everything going on around me could be annoying but maybe that's just me. Having said that i would love to give this a try.

good_evil
good_evil

@Dannystaples14 @good_evil  Well you are right, in a way. This is not global consumer product like mouse or keyboard, but again there are mouses and keyboards that cost more than $50 each easily and people are buying them. Not in numbers like $10 ones, but new expensive ones are released all the time, so they making money.


Yes you are right, this is kinda expensive monitor for gaming (you will be able to watch REAL 3D movies on it too I assume, can't see reason why not), but if you already have $50 mouse and good mouse pad, it doesn't seem so bad to invest $300 into device that pushes single player to new level (not sure about MP). Of course they have to deliver what they promise, only then everything I've just said will make sense :)

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@good_evil Yes but it is unlikely that shopping on Amazon is going to be very good on such a device. It is for 3D world immersion not Internet Browsing. Which means that reading between the lines of Rift being a cheap monitor gets broken down into nothing more than the Rift being an expensive peripheral for playing games on. 

If someone needs an expensive monitor AND a Rift, that is where it will become a hard sell. Which so far is what it seems to be.

good_evil
good_evil

@Dannystaples14 Don't worry about Oculus, it is first real advancement in gaming since pixel shaders 2.0 ;). And with expected price not even twice as expensive as regular monitor it will be a seller