While the augmented reality industry continues to grow, analogue board games are also making a comeback. So why not put both together?
This is the essence of Tilt Five, an augmented reality headset that projects 3D content onto a game board. Players interact with the games through a handheld controller that looks like a Nintendo Wii controller with Harry Potter's wand hanging at one end.
The video released on May 14 is the second teaser to appear on the YouTube channel Tilt Five is released. Both videos contain footage shot through the goggles associated with setting up the game.
From the games shown in the videos, the game content ranges from 8-bit era video games to well-rendered 3D scenes that take place on the game board. While the AR game set comes with a controller, on Twitter there's a teaser post with a robot that seems to know it's being gesticulated. According to a company spokesman, Tilt Five is currently working with third-party developers to create content for the system.
Other tweets of the company show the Smartglasses themselves which are not unlike Nreal Light in appearance. The company will perform at XOXO in Portland in September to show Smartglasses to attendees.
Tilt Five has an impressive pedigree, which is cared for by AR / VR veteran Jeri Ellsworth as co-founder and CEO. Ellsworth has been working to bring Augmented Reality into mainstream since 2012.
In 2013, she founded castAR, which she developed during her time at Valve Corporation. CastAR and its hybrid AR / VR eyewear started promisingly with a $ 15 million Series A, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and Ellsworth's LinkedIn produced 200 units.
Unfortunately, the company collapsed in June 2017 financial difficulties. According to a company spokesman, Ellsworth and a handful of castAR employees have pooled their resources to buy back the technology and assets and form Tilt Five later in the year.
A video that was released in October 2018 on YouTube and explains the difference between the two near-eye projection (as used in HoloLens, Magic Leap One and almost all other AR headsets and smartglasses) and long distance Eye projection with the Tilt Five prototype as an example of the latter method. Instead of a waveguide display that reflects projected light into the eye, the telephoto projection reflects light onto a panel that reflects images back to the eye.
In addition, the video shows that the wand of the Tilt Five controller has four LED lights that enable it to behave like a mouse that can move in 3D space and manipulate AR content. The Smartglass prototype shown in the video is also bound to a computer package (adorned with the castAR logo in this video).
According to a company spokesman, the production version of the Tilt Five Smartglasses will abolish the computer puck and instead connects to the smartphone or computer via USB-C to lower the overall price of the product. In addition, the wand controller can track six degrees of freedom.
The company is not ready to provide more details on when the product will be available or how much it will cost. In the meantime, however, prospects may sign up for updates on the company's website .
Tilt Five is not the only company that has the idea to bring board games to the future when Spatial Gaming launched the company Launch Augmented Reality games on Kickstarter last year.
Spatial, however, doubled its donation target, demonstrating the gaming community's appetite for board games. In this context, Tilt Five Ellsworth's mainstream AR ambitions can be met with great success. On the other hand, castAR also had a Monster Kickstarter, so we'll have to wait and see how this behaves .