A Canadian company is hoping to give the Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus a run for its money.
Markham-based Sulon Technologies is the maker of Cortex, a headset it believes is better than the one Oculus is pushing. Cortex can overlay a view of one's physical environment with virtual monsters and terrain the user can interact with.
Sulon expects to offer the headset to developers by the end of this year for $500.
Grace Huang and Aaron Clark of Bloomberg tested a Cortex in March at the Wearable Tech Expo in Tokyo. This was their experience:
A white walled room was transformed into what appeared to be a medieval-like chamber. A recently crashed aircraft, still smoking, was lodged through a far ceiling. In another room a window looked out onto mountains. Then the zombies entered and things got even more interesting. I shot them and it was a whole lot of fun, i.e. I killed a lot of zombies. Grace found the zombies so life-like she was afraid to shoot them.
According to Dhan Balachand, Sulon's chief executive officer, the Cortex recognizes the size and boundaries of the wearer's surroundings through a 360 degree spatial scanner and reflects 3D images over what the wearer sees. And as a bonus to developers, additional programming isn't required to convert existing games for use on Cortex's platform.
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