HalfDive is the first virtual reality viewer that can be carried in bed (VR headphones with bed-mounted display). The device was developed by the Japanese company Diver-X and promises features that had never been found in any VR device.
For starters, HalfDive is equipped with two small fans that provide a more immersive experience. They also have a silent mode and can be easily used to provide comfort to the user.
In addition to the manual controls (not yet announced), the HalfDive also uses foot controls. This allows the user to mimic the movements of his avatar, taking into account the degree of inclination of the ankle. This would be a simpler solution to the problem of motion in a virtual environment, for which there is still no definitive solution.
Its optical system supports the variable focus function. Thanks to its great stationery design, it is possible to use 10 aspherical lenses. This provides a field of view of 134 degrees and a significant improvement in image quality with a resolution of 1600 × 1440 per eye at 90 MHz.
The device has a 3D audio system with four speakers to further enhance the experience. They are placed around the user’s head and provide high quality audio. Force feedback is provided via a cable module. This allows for the simulation of sword blows and frictions, among other things. For vibration, HalfDive uses an “audio exciter.” This system provides hyperrealistic sounds of enemy footsteps, shots and ambient noise.
HalfDive will launch a Kickstarter campaign in November. The base model will cost $ 800, while the fully functional model will cost about $ 1200. An optional model with progressive lenses for people with presbyopia will be offered, which would cost up to $ 4,000.
It will be interesting to see what uses HalfDive will have, especially in medicine and rehabilitation. This would add to the other therapeutic applications that these devices already have today.