E3 2015 Preview: Pink eye and treadmills, VR is here

The future is awesome?

As E3 approaches we here at Dtoid have been getting our inboxes filled with emails wanting us to check out new games and products, a large portion of which are virtual reality based and not just of the headset variety.

One email in particular noted,

“Virtual reality treadmills will be a theme at E3.” 

Great. This is my first E3, the show I’ve dreamed about going to since I was a little kid, and now it is fucking treadmills and VR headsets. Headsets that have been on countless sweaty faces with various diseases. Every convention seems to have some disease everyone catches, looks like this year it is pink eye. Yay. 

Tell me which of the following has you pumped for the future, as you surely are:

ANTVR KIT – The All-IN-ONE Universal Virtual Reality Kit (ANTVR KIT), was independently researched and developed by ANTVR, launched on kickstarter, and raised over $260,000 — exceeding its goal. The ANTVR headset features a 100 degree field of view, tracks head movements 360 degrees, provides vivid 3D images, and produces a non-distorted immersive virtual reality effect. It is compatible with PC/PS/XBOX and other platforms, as well as existing 3D/2D games and movies.

TAW – TAW is a foldaway VR headset for smart phone which can bring you into the virtual world anytime while working with a smart phone of 4.5-6 inches.

ANTVR Camera – ANTVR Camera is a 3D sports camera featuring 3D shooting with a 180 degree viewing angle and first-class image. It can be used with a VR headset.

Guided Meditation VR – Experience an endless virtual vacation with Guided Meditation VR by Cubicle Ninjas. This virtual reality application provides powerful relaxation in exotic locations across the globe. Find your happy place as our “Relaxation Artificial Intelligence”walks through proven meditation and mindfulness techniques.

Virtualizer – The Virtualizer is an advanced omnidirectional treadmill that allows users to walk, run, strafe, jump and crouch in virtual reality. Based on its third generation design, the Virtualizer is the first to offer 360 degree tangle-free rotation and a vertical free-motion ring for full freedom of movement in VR.

Manus Data Glove – A data-glove for the common man. The Manus is an affordable data glove that tracks hand movement through various sensors integrated in to the glove. This data is then sent to our software — which allows the user to play any game. With our open-source software you can program the Manus for other uses such a controlling drones, mobile games and more of your favourite devices.

All of the above are real products that will be at E3 next week. Add these to Valve’s Vive, Sony’s Morpheus, and the Oculus Rift, and I assume you become The Lawnmower Man. Personally I’m looking forward to the Power Glove made for man ass. But for real, as cynical I’ve been about all this I’m very excited for E3, for the potential of VR, and to making as many informative (read: silly) videos I can from the show floor next week!

Jed Whitaker