"The emulator allows you to map all the sensors of the VZ bike, including accurate speed sensing, 10 buttons, and lean information from your VR headset into joystick and keyboard inputs to drive your favorite VR and video games," said VirZOOM Co-founder and CTO Eric Malafeew.
The proprietary hardware and software VirZOOM VR Exercise Game Platform makes fitness equipment fun by harnessing the emotional power of VR to motivate physical responses that result in exercise. Patent-pending motion controls limit locomotion discomfort even in VR games that entail sharp turns, flight, and other challenging forms of VR motion. The addition of the gamepad emulator expands the range of content VirZOOM customers can use on the VirZOOM bike.
VirZOOM's AAA development team creates specialized VR exercise games that ship with the VZ Controller. In the games you power a tank in battle, a Pegasus though a Canyon, or an Apache helicopter in a firefight, among six games that will now ship with the VZ Controller. The VZ SDK lets 3rd party developers modify existing VR games and create entirely new VZ-enabled games. Motion controls embodied in the SDK free VR game developers to create game designs that cannot be accomplished without them. The SDK enabled a range of motion forms that commonly cause locomotion discomfort.
The company shipped early access VirZOOM product in June via web site pre-orders for $399.95 and plans to launch via retail channels on November 1st, 2016. The company is also engaged in ongoing discussions with potential OEM partners to deliver a range of fitness and gaming applications for its VR Exercise Game Platform.
Co-founded by CEO Eric Janszen and CTO Eric Malafeew in February 2015 and headquartered in Cambridge, MA. VirZOOM is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlaystationVR headsets (headset sold separately). It is currently available for order for $399.95 per unit at virzoom.com.
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