FOVE

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FOVE
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Information
VR/AR Virtual Reality
Type Head-mounted display
Subtype Discrete HMD
Creator Yuka Kojima, Lochlainn Wilson
Developer FOVE
Operating System Windows, Mac, Linux
Requires PC
Successor FOVE 0
Display 5.8 inch low persistence OLED
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Pixel Density 506 PPI
Refresh Rate 60 - 90 Hz
Persistence Low
Field of View 100°
Tracking Eye Tracking
Rotational Tracking IMUs
Positional Tracking Their own system
Update Rate Eye Tracking: 120 FPS
Audio 3D audio
Connectivity USB 3.0, Display port, 3.5mm headphone port
Weight 400g
Release Date May, 2016
Price $359, $500
Website http://www.getfove.com/, http://fove-inc.com/

FOVE is the first Virtual Reality Head-mounted Display that utilizes eye tracking. It was created by a Tokyo-based startup founded by Yuka Kojima (CEO) and Lochlainn Wilson (CTO). Announced in 2014, FOVE's technology uses infrared to track eye movements with accuracy and low latency. The sensors within the device tracks the user's pupils. It allows the user to target and interact with objects by making eye contact with them.

Kickstarter Campaign for FOVE began in May, 2015. It has an initial goal of $250,000. The goal was reached in less than 4 days. Backers who contribute $349+ will receive a FOVE HMD in May, 2016. FOVE raised a total of $480,650 through the campaign.

Features

Eye tracking with an accuracy of 1/20th of a degree.

  • Foveated rendering - User's gaze is tracked and calculated so the graphical resources are allocated to where he or she is looking. The different areas of VR world sharpens and blurs depending on where your eyes are focusing.
  • Move your head naturally - With eye tracking, users can avoid unnecessary head movements and minimize simulator sickness.
  • Aim with your eyes - Target and interact with objects by glancing at them. Aim your weapon's cross hair in FPS games or create contextual menus for a gaze based interface.
  • Make eye contact - Make eye contact and convey emotions with virtual characters. Characters' behaviors and reactions change when they are watched.

Hardware

FOVE will utilize their own positional tracking system.

Setup Tutorial

Apps

Developer

FOVE SDK - integrates content from Unity, Unreal Engine and Cryengine. Developers can port existing VR content into FOVE or create new content.

API for Foveated rendering.

History

September 9, 2014 - FOVE was revealed at Tech Crunch Disrupt SF 2014.

May 19, 2015 - Kickstarter Campaign began.

May 23, 2015 - Kickstarter Goal of $250,000 was reached

June 25, 2015 - FOVE announced that it received an undisclosed amount of funding from Samsung Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Korean conglomerate.

June 25, 2015 - FOVE announced that it will use SteamVR's Lighthouse for positional tracking.

February 8, 2016 - FOVE has partnered with TechnoBlood to provide HMDs for internet cafes across Japan and South Korea.

February 21, 2016 - Shipping date for FOVE has delayed from Spring 2016 to Fall 2016.

February 21, 2016 - Lighthouse tracking is dropped in favorite of FOVE's own optical positional tracking system.

March 23, 2016 - Raised $11 million in Series A Funding Round led by Colopl VR Fund with participation by Hon Hai VC fund 2020, and Samsung Ventures.

January 2017 - FOVE 0 (FOVE dev kit) began to ship.


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