MindMaze Partners with Dacuda to Democratize Mobile Room-Scale and Social Virtual Reality Experiences
“Imagine a world where anyone with a smartphone can experience instant fully immersive virtual reality with six degrees of freedom for VR and AR content. Emote, Walk, Jump, Crouch… uninhibited, untethered…”
MindMaze is unveiling a partnership with Dacuda to launch “MMI”, the world’s first multi sensory computing platform for mobile-based, immersive and social virtual reality applications. In Q4 2016, MindMaze will deploy the technology for users globally.
“We will empower adoption of VR into the hands of the everyday user with capabilities matching premium tethered headsets at a fraction of the cost”, said Dr. Alexander Ilic, founder and CTO of Dacuda, “Room-Scale VR becomes instantly usable anywhere and affordable for everyone”.
“To redefine high quality consumer VR and AR experiences beyond media and gaming into healthcare and wellness has been a long standing interest for MindMaze and with the MMI platform we intend to usher a new era of neural VR technologies accessible to millions of consumers” says Dr. Tej Tadi, founder and CEO of MindMaze.
The technology pipeline behind MMI is based on some of the most advanced neurotechnology and real-time computer vision algorithms. It features MindMaze's neural markers combined with Dacuda's SLAM Scan 6DoF room-scale tracking technology. With its ability to measure emotions and body interactions, MMI will facilitate engaging social virtual reality interactions.
MMI is poised to accelerate adoption of immersive virtual reality into different streams of consumer gaming, media and healthcare. Everyone with a smartphone will have access to high quality virtual reality experiences untethered and at full six degrees of freedom. Further details on the MMI platform will be revealed later this year.
Dacuda is a computer vision company that redefines the capabilities of cameras with real‐time 2D and 3D algorithms. As the leading pioneer in software 3D camera technology, Dacuda's mission is to bring 3D capturing to every consumer by making 3D content creation as easy as taking a video. Dacuda's software 3D camera helps scale existing 3D use cases to consumers with app‐based scanning and enables novel experiences for Augmented and Virtual Reality headsets. Dacuda is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with locations in Palo Alto, California and Shanghai, China.
Oculus surprised everyone by announcing a new VR Headset with inside-out tracking, confirming the importance of room-scale mobile VR.
Dacuda has already shown full blown inside-out tracking demo's, including a large public demo at E3, using just regular Android and iOS phones. Proving that room-scale VR is possible with regular smartphones at the price point of a GearVR.
Inside-Out Tracking Demo: https://youtu.be/XbvgL19YoRE
Quote Mobile VR on Inside Out Tracking
“Inside-out tracking is the holy grail of VR, our smartphone-based positional tracking solution is the most advanced inside-out tracking available on Android and iOS devices today, and is the key to bringing Social-VR to mobile.” said Erik Fonseka, VP of Mobile VR at Oculus Connect 3.
Importance of Inside Out Tracking
Inside-out tracking, the ability to move through VR space without an external setup, is critical for bringing more immersive and Social-VR experiences to Mobile-VR. Dacuda, a pioneer in smartphone based inside-out tracking, has already successfully shown real world inside-out tracking on mobile, like the ones Oculus announced today.
MindMaze is a neurotechnology company built on more than a decade of cutting-edge research at the intersection of neuroscience,virtual and augmented reality. The company brings together an eclectic mix of computer scientists, neuroscientists, physicists and roboticists driven by a passion to enhance the quality of life for people with brain and spinal cord injuries. MindMaze is now expanding its multisensory platform into new fields of consumer health and media applications. Founded by Tej Tadi in 2012, the company is based in Lausanne, Switzerland with U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, CA.