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HoloSuit promises full-body VR tracking and haptics by November 2018

https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/02/holosuit-promises-full-body-vr-tracking-and-haptics-by-november-2018/

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HoloSuit by Kaaya Tech is a low-cost full body motion capture suit ideal for all your avateering.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/charliefink/2018/06/11/the-state-of-the-art-at-awe-18/#79d0762f15c1

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Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit MoCap System Features Haptic Feedback For Training Simulations – TomsHardware

 

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/holosuit-haptic-feedback-mocap-suit,37161.html

Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit MoCap System Features Haptic Feedback For Training Simulations

Motion capture technology gets more affordable and useful all the time. In recent years, we’ve seen the technology progress from camera and marker-based systems that cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to portable, wearable technology that is available for a few thousand dollars. Several companies build motion capture suits, including Noitom with its Perception Neuron systemRokoko with its SmartSuit Pro, and Shadow Motion with its Shadow MoCap suit. Now, a fourth company called Kaaya Tech is hopping into the MoCap suit market, and its HoloSuit product offers more than just motion capture. HoloSuit brings haptic feedback to the mix.

Kaaya Tech offers two HoloSuit configurations. The basic model offers 26 sensors, which is more than most MoCap suits that we’ve seen, and the higher-end version includes 36 sensors, which puts it at the top of the chart for active tracking points. The HoloSuit system includes a jacket with sensors in the arms. Kaaya Tech also demonstrated a sports jersey with its embedded sensor technology. The rest of the sensors fit in the legs and hips of a pair of pants, and a pair of gloves with sensors for all 10 digits. (The electronics are removable, so you can machine wash the suit.)

Kaaya Tech also installed buttons for each finger in the digits of the glove to enable input beyond gestures, which is something we’ve not yet seen in a MoCap suit. The extended version with 36 sensors also includes a tracked head band, an extra sensor for your shoulders, and sensors for your feet.

Unlike the other MoCap suits on the market, Kaaya Tech isn’t targeting Hollywood and the video games industries, despite their obvious need for motion capture technology. Instead, the company sees an opportunity to use MoCap technology for physical training simulations for dangerous industrial jobs, such as factory lines and heavy machinery operators. The company also sees the HoloSuit as an excellent sports training tool.We had a chance to speak with Harsha Kikkeri, the CEO of the company, at Augmented World Expo, and he explained that HoloSuit training simulations could let the wearer know when they made a mistake. Kaaya Tech’s software can capture the HoloSuit telemetry data, which you can load on other HoloSuits for other people to follow. And if they stray from the original movement, the suit would warn them with haptic feedback.

The HoloSuit would enable you to practice your golf swing and know exactly where to improve your form, or you could train yourself to follow a specific process on dangerous equipment without putting yourself or others in real danger. The HoloSuit technology could even help factory line workers ensure that they don’t miss a step of their process throughout their workday.

Kaaya Tech has already formed partnerships with professional golf, cricket, and yoga trainers to develop training simulation software. The company is also working with the Indian military to create a submarine training simulator with HoloSuit technology, and working with a 10th dan (highest rank in Karate) from Okinawa to create a HoloSuit karate training simulator.

Available Through Kickstarter

The HoloSuit isn’t yet available at retail, but the company is accepting orders through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and it expects to ship the product in November. Kaaya Tech is offering the HoloSuit piece by piece, with the Jacket and Jersey for $499, jersey or track pants for $399, and a pair or gloves for $799. The company is also offering an early bird special for $1,499, which includes the full kit. The system supports all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices.

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HoloSuit Featured on CoolWearables.com

http://www.coolwearable.com/holosuit/

HoloSuit Full Body Motion Tracker for AR/VR

Meet the HoloSuit: a full body motion tracker with haptic feedback that provides you with a more immersive gaming experience. It has 36 sensors, 9 haptic nodes, and 6 buttons. This VR suit is WiFi enabled. It comes with jacket, gloves, pants, head/shoulder/foot extensions.

By | 2018-06-10T06:46:32+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Categories: HoloSuit Demo, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HoloSuit Featured on CoolWearables.com

HoloSuit Kickstarter to Fund Production of Smart Clothing for VR Fitness, Sports and Games

Credit to: HoloSuit

Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit, the wireless full-body VR, AR, and MR haptic and data tracking suit, has just ramped up their wearables Kickstarter campaign at AWE 2018 where they showed off their tech for the first time. They are crowdsourcing until Monday, July 30th in an all or nothing campaign to help them raise $50,000 to begin mass production of the HoloSuit smart clothing.

Wireless Clothing

Credit to: HoloSuit

HoloSuit’s team has created a unique line of wireless VR, AR, and MR compatible clothing pieces that are compatible with PCs, tablets, Android and iOS smartphones, and with peripherals like the Vive, Oculus, Oculus Go, Microsoft HoloLens, and the Gear VR. This is a much wider scope of compatibility and clothing options than haptic wearables we’ve seen before that are isolated to a vest, a pair of gloves, or are a full suit that’s inseparable from other parts of the body.

HoloSuit’s VR-friendly smart clothing line is taking note of what other haptic and tracked wearable makers haven’t done. They’ve made their tech into a jacket, gloves, pants, athletic jersey, headband, and even includes a clavicle and foot tracker. Each of the clothing pieces can be worn together to have full body tracking or can be worn as separate pieces to track individual sections of the body. If you’re an Oculus person, say sayonara to floating ghost hands!

The jacket and jersey track the same thing, upper body movement, while the gloves track each individual finger and are equipped with buttons on them for added control of your virtual avatar. The pants track the range of motion of the lower body which also includes different leg angles. The headband tracks head movement, while the clavicle extension tracks the shoulder and the foot trackers keep tabs on the movement of the feet or shoes. Developers interested in turning the suit into a full body VR, AR, and MR controller should keep an eye out for their SDK coming out soon.

The Tech

Credit to: HoloSui

Each of the HoloSuit’s individual clothing pieces is equipped with full body haptic feedback, or the simulated feeling of touch or impact in virtual or augmented worlds, that can also capture real-time body motion with Bluetooth and the right set up. Their backers have an option to go for the suit with 26 total sensors at $999.99 or super splurge on their top tier model with 36 sensors at $1,599. Please check their Kickstarter for individual backer rewards, the higher the amount you give the more of the suit you get.

Each jacket or jersey and pair of pants has 9 haptic feedback locations placed at the special locations along the arms and legs. The more HoloSuit clothing you wear, the fuller the motion tracking and data collected will be. Wearable’s Hugh Langley tried out their tech at AWE 2018 and danced the robot as he willed a robot to dance along with him, which is a great example of what the tech can track and transfer movement to other objects.

The gloves fingers have haptic sensation exciters, gets tracked, and can be used to interact with virtual and augmented experiences with 6 buttons. So, they’re ditching the regular Vive wands or Oculus touch controllers and are replacing them with your own gloved hands. Grabbing, touching, throwing, and even breaking objects in VR or AR could be just what the industry is looking for to make VR and AR more immersive. Being able to move your hands more naturally will undoubtedly increase embodiment even more in VR.

Future of Gaming, Sports and Fitness Training

Credit to: HoloSuit

Wearable smart clothing needs to be flexible, comfortable, and breathable if it’s going to be successful in the fitness industry. The HoloSuit is washable and designed to be a long sleeve and pants combo, which is great as a first generation suit, but I worry that it might make some athletes and active individuals uncomfortable if they are exercising in it for an extended time. I haven’t tested it myself, but the tracked jersey looks like it’s a better option for active folks that don’t want to feel like they’re wearing an actual suit.

Publications like SportTechie say that you can wear the smart clothing while playing golf, practicing yoga, and even while doing karate! These are activities that require the suit to wirelessly follow your body’s location, to track and keep data about golf swings, posture and yoga poses. If the tech can be used with a trainer to give you added support during a karate workout, it potentially can track data and provide a sensation of force impact in boxing or other sports in VR. For the HoloSuit to be able to do this with such accuracy is amazing to me, however, I really want to see how it stacks up with their backers.

I’d personally like to see how Oculus owners use the HoloSuit because Vive already has full body tracking. Getting accurate body tracking while playing a VR cricket, soccer, or dancing and rhythm game can mean more body movement and an increase in calories burned during each game. Once studios and devs start bridging compatibility with VR and AR games, controllers and buttons will be used less to simulate the movement and will be replaced with actual soccer kicks or dance moves.

See HoloSuit’s full body movement in yoga below!

Where to Find HoloSuit

You can find HoloSuit on their website, KickstarterFacebookTwitterYouTube, and LinkedInpages.

By | 2018-06-10T06:43:34+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HoloSuit Kickstarter to Fund Production of Smart Clothing for VR Fitness, Sports and Games

I put on Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit and taught a robot to dance

https://www.wareable.com/ar/kaaya-tech-holosuit-motion-capture-344

But there are more interesting uses for this full-body motion capture suit
Doing the robot in the HoloSuit

At the 2018 Augmented World Expo, tucked away at the back of the Santa Clara Convention Center, a very small robot was learning to dance. I know so because I was the one teaching it, simply by flailing my limbs around and having it mirror my movements. I was literally doing the robot.

This was all happening because of a (slightly-too-small) jacket on my back called the HoloSuit, which was covered in sensors. These sensors tracked every movement and relayed that information to a tiny robot stood nearby, doing its best to pop and groove in time.

Read this: VR is taking spatial audio seriously

The HoloSuit, created by Kaaya Tech, is actually three bits of clothing that can be worn separately or combined: a jacket, some gloves and a pair of pants. There are two versions of the full-body suit, one with 26 sensors and a more high-end version with a total of 36 sensors scattered across the jacket gloves and pants. Even 26 is a lot when you compare it to other motion capture bodysuits; 36 should make for some pretty incredible precision.

Both suits also have nine haptic feedback sensors, and buttons on the hands, opening up a host of other possibilities beyond motion capture.

For example, Kaaya CEO Harsha Kikkeri showed me a video animation of someone in a submarine launching torpedoes at an unseen enemy. Going from dancing robots to literal war was quite an escalation, but it illustrated the varied spectrum of possible use cases. It’s not easy to train inside submarines, but the HoloSuit could be a way to simulate that environment, training people as if they were helming a sub beneath the depths.

The HoloSuit

Or, it could be used to improve your golf swing. The suit could essentially replace a coach, using haptic signals to shake out your bad habits. As Kikkeri explained, you could then take the suit to the golf course and have it track your performance, giving you insight into your performance after.

It may find a use for manual labor jobs to alert employees when they’re putting themselves in physical danger – or maybe for controlling robots sent into burning buildings. There are a lot of possibilities, including plenty of applications in VR and AR. Immediately I thought about using this as a full-body virtual reality controller.

Harsha Kikkeri knows a thing or two about robots: he was a robotics software engineer for Microsoft for several years. Now he’s applying that expertise to humans, and the results are promising. The HoloSuit seemed very precise in my demo, even though I was only using the jacket part. Kikkeri then put on his own jacket showed me a computer character on the screen tracking his movements with even more exactness than the robot did.

The HoloSuit is now on Kickstarter gathering funds, with an aim to ship the suit in November. Kaaya is offering all the parta a la carte, but the full suit starts at $799.

 

By | 2018-06-10T06:52:02+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Events, HoloSuit Demo, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on I put on Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit and taught a robot to dance

HoloSuit Motion Capture Suit Shatters the Barrier Between Reality and VR

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/holosuit-motion-capture-suit-shatters-the-barrier-between-reality-and-vr-300657201.html

By | 2018-06-01T12:19:54+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |Comments Off on HoloSuit Motion Capture Suit Shatters the Barrier Between Reality and VR