Kickstarter’s Next Big Gaming Hardware Bags Over $400,000 In A Day

There’s a campaign currently running on Kickstarter to fund a new kind of motion controller. The people behind the campaign asked for a meager $US250,000. Instead, they got more than four hundred thousand — and that was just day one.

The hardware in question, called the STEM system, could be described as a combination of the Kinect motion sensor and the Razer Hydra motion controller (which the group running the campaign, Sixense, developed). Unlike the Hydra, it is completely wireless, and unlike the Kinect, it doesn’t require a line of sight to work (since it does not use a camera). It is also compatible with all kinds of displays, including the head-mounted Oculus Rift, and the project page further boasts that STEM has “the lowest latency of any wireless consumer motion control system.”

There’s footage of the prototype in action in the clips above and in the pitch video below. It’s still not a holodeck from Star Trek, but damn, it’s close. Real close.

STEM System: The Best Way to Interact with Virtual Worlds [Kickstarter]


  • …Combination of Kinect and a Hydra? How on earth do you come to that conclusion? Especially when saying moments later that there is no camera like the Kinect has.

    Couldn’t believe how fast it all went yesterday. I got caught up in the panic of shrinking numbers and jumped on board while there was still an early bird slot 😛

      • Oculus delivery issue? I didn’t have any problem with them, and thought they handled their whole kickstarter excellently. These guys have already proven they’re onto a good thing with the Hydra, so I’m all for getting an improved system off the ground.

  • Haha! Now we can finally simulate that feeling where you’re dreaming and when you punch things it’s like you’re in molasses and all slow-motion.

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