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uSens Announces Two Breakthroughs in Virtual Reality Technology

Impression Pi is the world's first Super Reality headset -- one that combines both virtual reality and augmented reality. Click here for high-resolution version

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 10, 2015) - SIGGRAPH 2015 -- Silicon Valley start-up uSens, Inc. today announced two major breakthroughs in virtual reality technology. The first is 3D hand gesture recognition and tracking for mobile VR-headsets. The second is Super Reality: a natural combination of augmented and virtual reality, and the seamless transition between the two. Both of these technologies can be found in the Impression Pi Core, which will empower the next generation of virtual reality headsets.

uSens will be demonstrating Impression Pi in Booth #241 at SIGGRAPH, August 11 - 13, in Los Angeles. The company will also have a table at SIGGRAPH's VR Village on August 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and August 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be giving a brief presentation at SIGGRAPH's Exhibits FastForward on August 10 from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

"Businesses and consumers have long understood and aspired to create deeper and more meaningful ways to see and experience things that can't be physically present and to project layers of virtual data onto real world environments," said Anli He, CEO and Co-Founder of uSens. "But the industry has grappled with a myriad of challenges such as with gesture control and with combining AR and VR technologies. uSens is proud to provide a solution that not only solves these problems, but is light, portable and allows users to embrace a truly immersive 'Super Reality.'"

Impression Pi's natural 3D gesture recognition, orientation sensing, and 6DOF head position tracking allows users to control a display and use their hands and fingers like they would in the real world. The result is a more immersive VR experience, allowing users to do things like interact with people and/or objects in applications much more naturally than they could with a joystick or touchpad.

Completely wireless, Impression Pi offers total mobility. Because Impression Pi is equipped with its own internal proprietary computer vision module, which track both your hands and your position in the room, it can "read" the environment and shift as a user moves around. It is a light, mobile headset that lets you navigate the virtual world with your physical body, unencumbered by cords or accessories.

uSens' pioneering mobile VR/AR technology also opens up a whole new world of potential target markets not possible with current virtual reality products -- such as virtual training and education, healthcare/medical, entertainment, and creating new emotional connections through shared virtual experiences.

Impression Pi's features include:

  • Fully Wireless - empowers mobile phones without requiring cumbersome cords (untethered)
  • Super Reality - transitions smoothly between virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Gesture Control - hand and finger recognition and interaction to sub-mm accuracy at > 60fps
  • Head Tracking - ultra low latency head tracking to gain positional awareness with a movement range of > 5 meters
  • 90º Field of View - incredibly wide field of view compared to other headsets
  • Easy Porting of Content - SDK seamlessly integrates content from Unity and Google Cardboard, with others in the works. You'll be able to easily port your existing virtual reality content into our ecosystem.

uSens is working with content developers to provide more applications to users. uSens will be shipping developer kits by Christmas this year and is currently seeking additional developer partnerships.

Impression Pi is also a reference design for potential industry partners on the type of modular frame compatible with our embedded Impression Pi Core.

About uSens

Founded in 2013, Silicon Valley-based uSens Inc. provides 3D interactive solutions for virtual reality and augmented reality. An innovative start-up, uSens is the first to offer 3D gesture recognition on mobile platforms and first to combine virtual and augmented reality. uSens' latest product, Impression Pi, is a next generation mobile VR + AR headset with gesture control and 6DOF head position tracking, allowing users to experience a truly immersive "Super Reality." Beyond gaming, uSens' technology can empower a new world of applications in education, healthcare, entertainment, and business training. uSens' founders and team include some of the pioneers in virtual reality. In addition to Impression Pi, uSens is also the creator of the highly popular Fingo Virtual Touch (FVT), their touch-free 3D interactive kiosks in China. To learn more, visit their website: www.usens.com

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