Valkyrie Industries off-handedly refers back to the present iteration of its VR go well with as “Iron Man v. 1.” It’s a becoming reference. There’s a really “first half of the superhero movie” vibe to the prototype. There are uncovered wires in every single place and huge, clunky 3D printed items that clip onto numerous physique components. In a extra finalized model, it should most likely appear like one thing extra akin to a wetsuit. For now, nevertheless, the wearable haptic product seems to be like a little bit of steampunk cosplay.
We met with the London-based crew on the Brinc accelerator in Hong Kong. I admit to being a bit cautious at first point out of a haptic physique go well with for VR. We’ve seen numerous wearables all through the years designed particularly to supply a extra immersive gaming expertise. Among the many key locations Valkyrie units itself aside, nevertheless, is goal market.
Somewhat than focusing on the pretty restricted world of VR gaming, nevertheless, the startup has its eyes on skilled purposes. This know-how will virtually actually be price prohibitive for the foreseeable future, making it one thing of a nonstarter for a majority of dwelling customers (the invoice of supplies for the present model is someplace within the neighborhood of $1.5k). Huge corporations, then again, would love be much more keen to spend money on a know-how that might simplify and streamline the coaching course of, significantly for harmful and in any other case complicated positions.
The system makes use of electrical impulses to stimulate muscle groups, approximating resistance and contact. With the product nonetheless very a lot within the early levels (the three-person firm is at present seed funded), we had been unable to really check out the product.
However Valkyrie has already demoed the product for numerous excessive profile corporations and authorities industries, who’re within the product for each coaching functions and potential teleoperation, giving wearers the flexibility to manage and manipulate objects at a protected distance.