Zeiss has announced a new head tracking accessory for the company's Cinemizer OLED. Attaching to the right earpiece of the Cinemizer, the Headtracker measures head movement for an overall more realistic virtual-3D experience.
In conjunction with a compatible 3D PC game, looking around objects combined with the capability of a spherical view would obviously be a much more immersive experience than just staring at a 2D/3D screen. The player could even look over their shoulder without having to press a combination of buttons, taking gaming to a whole new level. The Cinemizer OLED and Headtracker will also be used in more traditional virtual-reality environments like architectural 3D.
Franz Troppenhagen, product manager for the Cinemizer OLED says: "Gaming while watching a screen is OK, in 3D it's better; but when you are immersed in a world where you can simply turn your head to look around the effect is very compelling. It gives you a real gaming advantage too, letting you think about the controls of your vehicle and not where to look."
The Cinemizer OLED is available now and retails at 649€, while the Headtracker accessory will be available at the beginning of April -in shops and online- for 199€. CeBIT visitors in Hannover will be able to experience the Cinemizer OLED and Headtracker first-hand at stand A20 in Hall 15 (5th to the 9th of March), using it for a 3D gliding flight simulator, architectural visualizations and more.
CeBIT 2013: ZEISS cinemizer OLED Headtracker Offers Immersive Gaming and 3D Virtual-Reality Navigation
Headtracking Accessory Lets Users Navigate with Natural Head Movements
Hannover/Oberkochen, 5thMarch 2013: Carl Zeiss announces a new headtracking accessory for the cinemizer OLED, the popular head-mounted display. The small device replaces the right earpiece of the cinemizer, and measures the rotation and movement of the head, with a high degree of accuracy. When combined with PC games, this enables the player to look around 3D scenes simply by moving their head, making the experience incredibly immersive. For example, in racing games or flight simulators the player can concentrate on driving, without having to press buttons to look over their shoulder, or even behind them. This immersive way of playing makes the experience much more natural realistic and exciting.
Franz Troppenhagen, product manager for the cinemizer OLED says: "Gaming while watching a screen is OK, in 3D it's better; but when you are immersed in a world where you can simply turn your head to look around the effect is very compelling. It gives you a real gaming advantage too, letting you think about the controls of your vehicle and not where to look." The Headtracker is also destined for use in more traditional virtual-reality environments. It will be possible to use the cinemizer OLED and Headtracker to walk through architectural visualisations in 3D. This gives architects and their clients the ability to really get a feel for a building, before the first foundation is laid. The immersive experience means clients unfamiliar with reading plans, can immerse themselves in a virtual version of their yet to be built property. Meaning there are no surprises when the bricks and mortar version is complete.
Visitors to CeBIT in Hannover will be able to experience the cinemizer OLED and Headtracker at the cinemizer stand A20 in Hall 15. There will be interactive examples of the cinemizer OLED with the Headtracker being used for a 3D gliding flight simulator. There is also an immersive architectural visualization visitors can try out. A stationary quadrocopter with camera will demonstrate how FPV (First Person View) works with the cinemizer, and some examples of immersive sales using 360° panoramas. The cinemizer OLED is available now. The Headtracker accessory will be available at the beginning of April from retailers, and online retailers such as Amazon. The cinemizer OLED retails at 649€, the Headtracker will cost 199€.
Franz Troppenhagen, Carl Zeiss, cinemizerPhone +49 7364 20-9761, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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