Rakuten Institute of Technology is the R&D organization of Rakuten Inc. in Japan. It is not a subsidiary company of Rakuten Group, but one department in charge of research and development for Rakuten Inc. Areas of research include Natural Language Processing, Multimedia Processing, Data Mining, and Massive and Distributed Computing. Rakuten is the largest e-commerce site in Japan, they have signed a 4-year $200M deal for global sponsorship with Spanish Club FC Barcelona until 2020.
The Avegant Glyph is a VR headset with a 720p DLP resolution display in each eye. The Avegant Glyph offers cinematic experience similar to a real movie theater. The displays use DLP technology to project an image onto your eye for the best viewing experience. The Glyph works over HDMI with supported devices. There is a built headset for sound. The price is 549€.
ODG stands for Osterhout Design Group. ODG is a German producer of Virtual Reality glasses aimed primarily at enterprise with models for consumers and prosumers. ODG VR headsets are much smaller than normal VR headsets. The R8 headset features a 40 degree field of view and a 720p display for $1000. The R9 headset features a 50 degree field of view and a 1080p display for $1700. The R9 also features a front facing camera for augmented reality. The R9 features a MIPI port for different sensors. Both headsets feature a Snapdragon 835 processor and run on Android 7.0.
The VUZE 360 is the only 360 degree 4K 3D camera for less than $1000. The VUZE 360 enables the capturing of 3d panoramic videos at a resultion of 4K at 30fps. VUZE content can be viewed in Virtual Reality. The microphones are 4 MEMS 48Hz microphones producing 16bit PCM audio. There is also Microsd for storage. The VUZE 360 can be controlled from an iOS device or Android device.
Leica Geosystems presents their BLK360 triple lens 360 degree camera as 3d scanner for 360 degree images for the construction industry. The camera has an infrared sensor for taking panoramic images. The camera is primarily used for surveying surrounding areas such as in the field of construction. The camera will be available in March of this year. The price is around $16,000.
3drudder offers virtual reality controls that can be controlled using your feet. The device controls your characters movement without you having to move yourself. The device can be easily implemented in video games and can either emulate PC keyboard controls or joystick input. The price of the controller is $199.
Trying out Space Pirate Trainer on the HTC Vive at the Sandisk booth.
RiftCat out of Poland is showing off VRidge which enables users to Play any PC VR game on a $1 Google Cardboard or on any Smartphone based VR headset. It works over Wi-Fi, by USB cable. It works with for example Steam VR, this is a cheap alternative to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. They encode and decode the video game and VR content from the PC over to the Phone. They can even suggest a DIY infrared tracker, leapmotion, and other to also support head-tracking.