CES 2019: Pimax Displays Knuckles-Like Controller Prototype

by Ian Hamilton • January 8th, 2019

Pimax is showing off its latest VR hardware at CES 2019 with Knuckles-like controllers “designed to free your hand for an open-palm immersive experience.”

We scheduled an appointment to see Pimax hardware later today but a lack of clarity in the company’s press release leaves open the question of whether these controllers — either the thumbstick or touchpad versions — will actually be shown with hands-on time at CES this year. The release refers to “prototypes on the stand” and the company did not answer a follow-up question from UploadVR seeking clarity.

Image provided by Pimax showing its hand-strapped controllers with a thumbstick.

The “8K series VR headsets with brand new Pimax controllers” also come embedded with Leap Motion hand-tracking and 7invensun eye-tracking technology, according to the company. 

All the Pimax 5K Plus, 8K, and 5K BE headsets now have Leap Motion’s embedded modules, which feature a 180-degree FoV,” the press release states. “This is a perfect match with Pimax’s 200 degree FoV for a natural user-experience.”

We recently recommended not buying a Pimax headset until the company fulfills its Kickstarter backer orders, which the company claimed a few days ago would happen by month’s end. We plan on reviewing the Pimax 5K+ this month and we’ll bring you impressions of whatever hardware we end up trying at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Image provided by Pimax showing its controllers with a touchpad.

For reference, here is a photo of the latest version of the Knuckles controllers Valve Corporation is seeding to developers “in quantity” which include both touchpad and thumbstick.

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