VR still hasn’t managed to solve the difficult subject that is locomotion, but Yaw VR thinks it has the answer for at least some experiences.
Shown at CES last week and now running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, Yaw VR is a portable motion simulator seat that could be ideal for cockpit-based VR experiences like Dirt Rally or Ace Combat 7. The initially dome-shaped device is set up to instead resemble a dish that rests in a stand with three supports that are able to spin and tilt the dish with three degrees of freedom (3DOF).
The stand also houses a mini-PC that wirelessly communicates with your platform of choice. Steer your car to the left in Dirt and the dish will spin you accordingly, take a nose-dive in Ultrawings and it will dip you towards the floor. An easy to assemble footrest is also included with the device. Either that or stick one of the million VR rollercoasters on and enjoy the ride.
Yaw is designed for use with all types of VR platforms like PlayStation VR, Gear VR and Oculus Go as well as standard PC games. the kit’s also designed to be lightweight and portable so that you can take it anywhere you go. We wouldn’t recommend using it on the train, though.
The catch, though, is that it’s mighty expensive. Early bird Yaw units, of which there are 20 left at the time of writing, cost a massive $890 on Kickstarter, and the standard edition goes for $1,190. The special edition, meanwhile, which allows customers to customize the color and have their name embroidered on it, starts at $1,190 for Early Bird and $1,340 once those slots are gone.
Yaw has 40 days to reach its target of $150,000 and has already gathered $26,267 at the time of writing. Will it get there in time? If it does, the first units are expected to ship in August.