HalfDive is the first virtual reality viewer that can be worn on a bed (Bed-Mounted-Display VR Headset). The device was developed by the Japanese company Diver-X and promises features that have never been found in any VR device before.
For starters, the 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 hand controls (not yet announced), the HalfDive also uses foot controls. This allows the user to mimic the movements of their avatar, taking into account the degree of ankle tilt. This would be a simpler solution to the problem of movement in a virtual environment, for which there is still no definitive solution.
Its optical system supports the variable focus function. Thanks to its large stationery design, it is possible to use 10 aspherical lenses. This provides a 134-degree field of view and significantly improved 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 wired module. This enables the simulation of sword strikes and friction, among other things. For vibration, the HalfDive uses an “audio exciter.” This system provides hyper-realistic sounds of enemy footsteps, gunshots, and ambient noise.
The HalfDive will launch a Kickstarter campaign in November. The base model will cost $800, while the fully featured model will cost around $1200. An optional model with progressive lenses will be offered for people with presbyopia, which would cost up to $4000.
It will be interesting to see what uses the HalfDive will have, especially in medicine and rehabilitation. This would be in addition to the other therapeutic applications that such devices already have today.