“I expected good things from the Totem, but I wasn’t expecting it to knock my socks off the way it did.”
– Kevin Carbotte, Toms Hardware
The Vrvana team took Totem on the road this past month, showing off the latest prototype at Gitex, Sportel Monaco, and Immersed 2016. Great reviews are pouring in: “The Vrvana Totem mixed reality HMD is the most impressive thing I saw at the show” writes Kevin Carbotte from Toms Hardware. Totem’s custom lenses that provide a significantly wider field of view than competitors displays were a hit, as was the video passthrough functionality that our engineers have long been improving. Carbotte describes the combined experience:
Moments after putting the Totem on my head, Nepveu told me to reach out and press start, which demonstrated the hand tracking system. He then handed me a booklet of papers and told me to flip it over. The pages each have 12 unique QR codes, and when I glanced at them at the correct angle, a 3D object appeared on top. The first page was a model of the Delorean from Back To The Future, into which I could lean and inspect the interior. The model wasn’t interactive, but Nepveu said that it eventually would be.
The subsequent pages included a model of a Pikachu, a 3D rendering of some Dewalt tools, and a lightsaber. Nepveu used the Dewalt drill to demonstrate that Totem can replicate presence in AR. He took the page and tried to stick the drill into my face, which made me lurch backward.
The final page featured an attack helicopter, and just when I thought it was over, Nepveu blew my mind once again. He handed me an Xbox 360 controller and said, “Want to fly it?” When he took away the QR codes, the chopper was left in front of my face. I could fly this 3D model of a helicopter anywhere in the room with no restrictions (aside from the physical space that I was in). The helicopter could reach the ceiling above or fly below the table. Once I had the controls worked out, Nepveu hit the space bar to transition the environment to full VR.
Suddenly I found myself flying a digital RC helicopter in a canyon and firing at turrets that opened fire on me first. The demo featured a projected first person view of the chopper’s perspective that I could use to make aiming easier.
Next stop: The Montreal International Game Summit
November 13th-14th-15th, 2016
Vrvana presented Totem at the Sportel Monaco conference last month. The Prince of Monaco gives Totem two thumbs up!
“The Montreal International Game Summit brings together hundreds of international experts to one of the largest hubs of video games development in the world so that they can share their knowledge with the local and international developers attending the event.
Learn from them during conference sessions, masterclasses and one-on-one coaching sessions before rubbing shoulders with them during the MIGS networking cocktails and other special events over the 3 days.”