Monday, September 13th 2021

HalfDive, World's First Bed-Mounted-Display VR Headset

VR and AR headsets might not have been quite the success they were expected to be, mainly due to cost, but now, a Japanese company has developed what has to be one of the weirdest VR headsets to date, one that's meant to be used in bed.

The HalfDive VR headset, or BMD (Bed-Mounted-Display) from Diver-X is trying to implement a range of new features that have never been seen before in a VR headset, such as "wind feedback. This is simply done by a pair of fans built into the headset that outside of adding a touch of wind in your face effect, can apparently also be used for cooling down the user.

Other more normal features include a 3D audio system that consists of four speakers placed around the head, a force feedback system based on what might best be described as friction bands, vibration feedback via an "audio exciter" and foot controllers in addition to regular hand controllers.
Diver-X is promising 4.5 degrees of freedom and the headset consists of two displays that deliver 1600x1440 pixels per eye at 90 Hz with a 134 degree field of view. They've also designed a custom 10 lens optical system with optional support for varifocal lenses. Other hardware features include DP 1.2, USB 3.0, a 3.5 mm audio jack and 12 V power input.

The HalfDive BMD is expected to launch on Kickstarter in November with a price of US$800 for the base model, whereas the fully featured model will cost around US$1,200. The varifocal unit will cost an insane US$4,000, which suggests it's very costly to make the lenses for those suffering from presbyopia.
Sources: Diver-X, via Impress PC Watch
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20 Comments on HalfDive, World's First Bed-Mounted-Display VR Headset

#1
Vya Domus
Why am I not surprised that the company is Japanese ? :roll:
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#2
Rithsom
Bed-mounted VR headset? I'm sure that this will make for immersive VR pr0n experiences. Now all we need are motion-controlled vibrators! :p

In all seriousness, this looks pretty interesting. I like to see projects that put random tech out into the wild for people to try. It might just be the next best thing, you know?
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#3
Chomiq
Vya DomusWhy am I not surprised that the company is Japanese ? :roll:
I try to look on the bright side, maybe some disabled people will now be able to experience VR. The skeptical part of me knows this will be used for VR pron with waifus.
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#4
Gruffalo.Soldier
I'm the only one
I can think of one use that's not postable ^ beat me to it
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#6
TechLurker
First thought was actually VR for the disabled, then for porn. Giving the disabled and the elderly a means to simulate an interesting world that they could interact with from the confines of a bed room. Then later mass-adopted by the population for their porn with the man/woman of their dreams.

Oddly however, I was reminded of the movie version of Surrogates featuring Bruce Willis, where two artificial humans start making out at the beginning and die and the feedback ends up killing both their users, and it turns out that the "girl" was actually a morbidly obese dude stuck in bed with a VR-like control system.
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#7
azdesign
Aside from the wind feedback, I don't think it is necessary to build entire headset for it.
There are other feedback such as haptic, smell, etc which can be integrated with existing headsets.
They should just make this modular.
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#8
Mistral
I guess the body rendition on the second shot confirms what target audience they have in mind...
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#9
TheLostSwede
MistralI guess the body rendition on the second shot confirms what target audience they have in mind...
Foot fetishsm?
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#10
Tartaros
Welp, here begins the Solid State Society.
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#12
Rithsom
silentbogo
The future is now.

Maybe this is what inspired Nintendo to create Labo for the Switch. A cardboard box. :laugh:
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#13
claster17
We're getting closer to NerveGear.
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#15
Mussels
Moderprator
As someone who's half disabled with a disabled father... yes.


Yes.


This systems clearly a reference to the (fictional) full dive VR used in anime like SAO, but has a lot of real world applications
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#16
Rhyseh
I'd actually like to try playing a game/VR lying down flat on my back. I know when I've played games in bed before, that sitting up with the controller makes a surprising amount of difference to my reaction speeds, and general gaming ability, so it would be interesting to see whether you would see a performance penalty from something like this.
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#17
Tardian
RhysehI'd actually like to try playing a game/VR lying down flat on my back. I know when I've played games in bed before, that sitting up with the controller makes a surprising amount of difference to my reaction speeds, and general gaming ability, so it would be interesting to see whether you would see a performance penalty from something like this.
A new form of laziness for some. Not getting out of bed, or even sitting up, to game (disabled people not included)?:sleep:
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#18
xorbe
Holding your arms up is going to get tiresome very quickly. It's going to need some sort of pillow mounted hand controllers ...
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#19
Tardian
wind feedback
My wife indicated I don't need that option.:)
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
xorbeHolding your arms up is going to get tiresome very quickly. It's going to need some sort of pillow mounted hand controllers ...
only need to bend your elbows up, not hold your entire arms
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