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Sixense to develop wireless motion-sensing controller

Above: Prototype for Sixense's wireless motion-sensing game controls.

Image Credit: Sixense

Sixense Entertainment said today that it is creating a wireless version of its motion-sensing controls for video games.

The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company has been developing its magnet-based motion-control system since 2007, and it cut a deal a couple of years ago with game-gadget maker Razer to develop the Hydra motion-sensing game controls. Now Sixense plans to create its own Sixense-branded wireless system for gamers.

“We’re excited to finally provide a wireless solution that addresses the needs of both consumers and developers,” said Amir Rubin, the cofounder of Sixense, in a statement. ”The ecosystem around gaming and virtual reality has grown dramatically, making now the perfect time to announce our new consumer product and direct-to-developer dev kits.”

Sixense hasn’t disclosed how many of its products have sold, but it says that the demand for Razer’s Hydra has exceeded supply. Sixense believes its motion-control system, which enables  you to manipulate things in a digital world by moving your arms around, will work well with the Oculus Rift virtual reality game goggles. That product will work best with a wireless system, Sixense said.

For now, Sixense is creating a development kit so that developers can make games that take advantage of the system. Then it will work on the consumer version. The wireless controller will work with the Oculus Rift and with Hydra-based content.

 


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