Don’t get me wrong, Microsoft’s just-announced HoloLens looks awesome, and so does Oculus, but there’s something undeniably isolating about strapping on a headset and diving into another reality. You’re off in your own world, even if you can still interact with the real one. But this is different. This is Immersis.
So what is Immersis? Basically, it’s a high-quality projector that hooks up to your PC and turns the entire wall into a screen with a range of 180 degrees. Thanks to some clever technology it can even respond to the shape of the room. So a big room means a huge screen with more to see, while a smaller room means a smaller screen. It even adapts to curved walls and wraps around corners.
The result is a shared experience for everyone in the room. You don’t need to take turns putting on a headset, and you won’t start to full dizzy or nauseous after a few minutes. Immersis might not be quite as immersive as something like Oculus or HoloLens, but it manages to come pretty close while taking a completely different route.
The most obvious application is gaming, though Immersis also works with videos and photos. It’s designed to take advantage of panoramic content, but can still project pretty much anything against your wall. “The more space you have the more Immersis will unleash its full potential,” the company notes on Kickstarter.
You can still use a TV at the same time, and that’s where the main action will take place in a video game. What Immersis does is fill out the rest of the world around the TV for a truly immersive experience. The TV isn’t necessary, but it offers a higher definition display where it matter most.
Unfortunately, Immersis doesn’t come cheap. Down the line, the company plans to sell each unit for a whopping $2,500, though you can pre-order one on Kickstarter for as little as $1,200 and receive your unit in Oct. That’s still pretty pricy, though if you have the money to spare this seams like a worthwhile way to spend it.
There are some risks as well. The company says its software is 100 percent ready to go, but the hardware still needs some work. That mostly just means bringing together different components and getting a contractor to assemble everything, though delays could still hit if something goes wrong. Then again, it’s not like there’s anything comparable out there today to spend your money on instead.