The HTC Vive virtual reality headset boasts the ability to create room-scale VR experiences for consumers in their living rooms.
But enterprise VR company WorldViz is going a step further, allowing users to walk around in a space the size of a warehouse and still be tracked by a motion-sensing system for VR.Santa Barbara, Calif.-based WorldViz has to do something like this as it makes the company relevant to enterprise customers in an age when relatively inexpensive PC-based VR headsets are hitting the market.
WorldViz says it can put people into a large space and let them wander around in a very lifelike experience.VR content developers using the Unity game engine and Unreal Engine can now bring high-precision, wide-area tracking to businesses using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Daydream VR, and other head-mounted displays.
This June, WorldViz will release an integration into Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 that brings warehouse-scale wide-area tracking capability to any VR headset supported by those engines: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR, and now Google s Daydream VR.
WorldViz s tech is used across 1,500 corporations and other institutions already.While the Vive can operate in a space the size of a living room, the WorldViz PPT system ups the ante, tracking up to 10 people or objects simultaneously across spaces measuring more than 50 meters by 50 meters with real-time, sub-millimeter accuracy.The hybrid optical-inertial system includes high-precision cameras that capture position data at 240Hz; lightweight sensors that can be affixed to the aforementioned headsets or objects such as robots; a sensor wand for tracking hands; and a standalone software package known as PPT Studio.The PPT system is targeted at applications that require high degrees of precision and accuracy, movement, collaboration, and co-presence — such as research, architectural, and real-estate walk-throughs, large-scale product and construction design reviews e.g.
planes, cars, interior building spaces, and so on , and training applications.The PPT system is available today starting at $15,000 depending on the number of cameras, sensors, and installation support needed.