Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) September 16, 2014
Vrvana, a Canadian hardware manufacturer of high performance virtual reality headsets, is launching a campaign to raise $350,000 over the course of a 30-day Kickstarter effort for the tooling and material costs for production of its flagship product, Totem.
Vrvana has designed the Totem headset for developers and designers who wish to get in at the ground level of virtual reality to create 3D immersive film, games and other interactive environments.
“Kickstarter offers an exceptional and personal way for us to directly connect with fans of VR, raise funds, and ensure the success of Totem. While we come from a gaming background, and are committed to ensuring game developers get everything they need from our product, we believe Totem can have a profound impact on a variety of industries including tourism, healthcare, as well as training and education in a number of realms. The possibilities for helping businesses achieve their goals are endless. We hope that over the next 30 days people will back our campaign and help take VR to a new level” said Bertrand Nepveu, Founder of Vrvana.
Totem offers premium features not found in other VR headsets. It can connect to almost any device including tablets, mobile phones, PCs, laptops, gaming consoles and televisions as well as provide simulated controls for game-play.
Among the distinguishing features:
- Integrated on-board positional tracking offers user full freedom in VR: Current solutions restrict your movements within an external tracking camera’s field of view. Turn too far left or right and there’s no way there cameras can keep track of user’s VR game movements. Say goodbye to keyboard fumbles: Totem’s on-board cameras also mean that with the click of a button, you can switch from base to virtual world.
- Low lag between movements and what a user sees: In VR, performance is important so every millisecond counts. Totem’s low latency means no lag between movements and the display. With our patent pending real-time “hardware acceleration”, we compensate distortion right inside the head mounted display, to give you a faster, more natural virtual reality experience.
- Ability to evolve: Totem is built to evolve with the current fast changing VR space. Our two main processing components: the USB microcontroller and the Audio/Video processor (FPGA) are both field-upgradable with firmware updates. As we develop new features or improve old ones, developers will have access to them right away. We love future-proofing and hate obsolescence.
- Immersive, realistic audio. Audio contributes to the feeling of immersion in a phenomenal way and we’ve paid special attention to it. Distinguish where sounds are coming from with surround sound in stereo (binaural). We convert surround sound to stereo while maintaining spatial awareness, and output it to 3.5 mm jacks for use with your own headphones.
Vrvana is the brainchild of gamer and engineer Bertrand Nepveu and the Totem was designed with robust technology and user comfort in mind. Back in 2005, it all started as a personal quest to improve his video gaming experience. With an expanded team of software and hardware engineers and 5 prototype versions completed, they have a product that’s ready for developers to begin using to create outstanding 3D VR experiences.
The campaign begins Tuesday, September 16th at 12 pm and will end on Wednesday October 15th. Early adopters will be able to purchase the Totem at a deep discount. For a full rundown of Kickstarter pledge levels and highlights see our Kickstarter page.
Media wishing to interview Vrvana personnel or request a demo should contact PR agent, Jackson Wightman at 514 605 9255.