Augmented reality gaming startup Tilt Five is ready to reinvent the old-fashioned Dungeons & Dragons games with its augmented reality headset and tabletop game system.
The company unveiled the gaming headset along with the Magic Wand Controller and Play Mat that complete the system last week at the Tabletop Gaming Convention Gen Con 2019 in Indianapolis. During the conference, Jeri Ellsworth, co-founder and CEO of Tilt Five, announced that the company plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in September, with the first products being delivered in December, and the product being redistributed in the first two years Quarter 2020.
Ellsworth declined to reveal a price for the headset, but estimates that it will be cheaper than standalone VR headsets currently available on the market. For comparison, Oculus Go costs $ 1
Currently the company is working with third-party developers to provide content for the AR To create a headset. Ellsworth, however, is still trying to arouse new developer interest. To this end, she recently explained in a video interview some advantages that the game system offers developers and gamers, with the classic tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons serves as a general context. No smoke! One Step Closer to Delivering Our Mixed Reality Table Game System on July 23, 2019 (19459022)] For example, Tilt Five can display variable content based on player roles, with a dungeon master seeing the entire board and members of the quest group, the are only exposed to the content that is relevant to them at that time. In addition, physical tiles can anchor 3D virtual content in the play area with which players can interact. In addition, the system supports remote playback.
"I can not make my friends play with me all the time, it's difficult to coordinate four or five people," Ellsworth said in the video. "What I like is that I can just call them and say, 'Hey, start the system, let's go,' or if I want to try a new game and none of my friends wants to play it Go to a lobby and find a stranger to play with and just do a pick-up game and play with someone from afar. "
The game system uses far-eye projection technology that projects light onto a reflective surface B The play mat, which then emits 3D content back to the user's eye. Conversely, headsets such as HoloLens 2 and Magic Leap One use close-up projection, which reflects light from displays mounted in front of the user's eyes. Given the physical demands, the technology makes for an impressive tabletop gaming experience.
Tilt Five is Ellsworth's second attempt to bring an AR headset with far-vision projection on the market. Ellsworth invented the technology behind Tilt Five during her time at Valve and developed it through her previous castAR company. After completing a $ 15 million Series A round of financing and surpassing its goal in the Kickstarter campaign, the company ran into financial difficulties. However, Ellsworth and its partners have managed to repurchase castAR's assets and reorganize into Tilt Five.
In addition to preparing for his new Kickstarter campaign, Tilt has promoted Five aggressive for his product via social media. For example, the company ran a contest to designate the technical "brains" in the headset, where was the winning name Augmented Reality Computational Hyper Integration Engine (ARCHIE). Overall, the company was an open book in terms of its technology and took the opportunity to showcase not only ARCHIE, but also the HD projectors which radiate content into the physical world, and close-up shots of . headset itself.
VR headsets are currently ahead of AR headsets, with clips from games like Beat Sabre often serving as social media feed. Therefore, the deck could be stacked against Tilt Five in the highly competitive immersive gaming environment. But with the lessons of the demise of castAR and its promotional machine, Tilt Five seems to have a boost on its side, as it counts up to its launch Reality Smartglasses & the following Android copies