Those of you already lucky enough to own a virtual reality headset may be interested in a new accessory called the Proximat which has been created by Tony Price.
Proximat has been designed to provide a virtual reality spatial proximity mat or VR mat, that allows you to know where you are within your room whilst immersed in your virtual reality experience.
Proximat Allows you to know which direction you are facing and improve safety and your overall virtual reality experience says Tony. Watch the video below to learn more.
Experience with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift has shown huge promise with both entertainment and practical uses. When exploring many of the titles available, we noticed that on the games you need to stand while playing, you tend to drift from your original location and become disoriented with where the physical objects are, like your desk, chair, wall, etc. Not only that, but we’d take the headset off and would find ourselves facing a different direction than what we thought.
One night after work I got out our radial cutter and created prototype mat in varying sizes. I found that the 24″ and 36″ diameter mat were perfect for standard room sizes. The definable safety zone is considerably larger than the diameter of the mat because it is designed to allow for 1 foot on and one foot off when stepping away from the center of the mat.
The next step was to create a more definable center of the mat which we call the “Home” locator, this was accomplished by using a harder rubber that is taller than the matting itself without creating a catch point or something that could hurt you if you stepped down on it. The choice was a translucent red urethane for the black mat and a translucent blue urethane for the gray mat which were chosen for aesthetics and how well they worked. We are looking at alternatives for the buttons on the final production.
For more information on the new Proximat jump over to the Kickstarter website where Tony is trying to raise the required funds to take his new virtual reality mat into production, for more details follow the link below.