It's been a big news day in the Virtual and Augmented Reality markets today. First, do you guys remember a company called Meta-View? Founded by Meron Gribetz, Meta-1 is promoting itself to be the first fully functional augmented reality software development kit. Tenured AR experts will immediately recognize the prototype as Epson's Moverio glasses mixed with a stereo camera and Meta-View's software magic. This is not an indication of what the actual hardware will be, but it's the off-the-shelf parts that were used to make this early mix work.
Before the world drools with what they see in the videos, let's be clear. This is a vision for the future, the graphics shown are all CGI, and this just doesn't exist yet. However, all worthwhile products start with exciting visions, and this has promise. Their first milestone was beating their Kickstarter goal in a matter of days, and have already raised $105,000 with more on the way.
The next feather in their cap was to nab Dr. Steve Mann as their Chief Scientist. MTBS actually introduced Steve to Meron Gribitz at the Level Up event a few months ago and it's good to see that he enjoyed trying the AR prototypes Meron brought up special for the event. For those unfamiliar, Steve Mann is regularly credited as the father of wearable computing and was doing Google Glass long before Google. We have an in-depth 3D inverview with Meron Gribetz from Level Up. We'll get it up soon enough.
Congratulations go out to Pantera Entertainment for successfully overshooting their Kickstarter goal for Theme Park Studio. $84,000 is a lot of money for an independent game, and we wish them all the best! Now let's see some VR rollercoasters!!!
Also, Vireio Perception sparked a small debate on Games.On.Net. Are VR drivers like Vireio Perception and VorpX holding things back for the Oculus Rift and products like it? We think not, and here is a discussion of why.
MTBS is pleased to be joined by Tom Duchêne, an ambitious student from IMAC. Tom and his team are developing a new horror game called Maere: When Lights Die, and they are in the throws of adding Oculus Rift support.
Today Tom shares his team's story, their excitement for VR gaming, and some really cool ideas they are trying with their new game. Yes, there could be some electrodes involved.
We really enjoy getting submissions like this. If you're a game developer or you think you have an exciting story to tell, send Neil a PM in the forums so we can get your work online. This is the stuff that makes MTBS a fun place to be!