AXIS: Use Your Body As A Game Controller
AXIS (Active XR Interface System) is an untethered full-body motion-tracking technology solution that aims to change the way we game.
Launched by Singaporean tech company – Refract, AXIS gives a whole new term to active gaming. The motion-tracking solution gives players maximum freedom of movement and incredible levels of immersion as they use their bodies to control the on-screen action. A series of wearable sensors wirelessly track gamers’ full-body movements in real-time, all without the need for large and complex external base stations.
AXIS has currently launched its first Kickstarter campaign that will run from now until October 1st.
Backers will be able to get the complete set of AXIS, which includes nine sensors and the main hub. As well as a copy of Refract’s first-person fighting game Freestriker. Early adopters can secure huge savings of up to 50% off the planned retail price once it enters full production in 2022.
AXIS Full-Body Motion Tracking
Founded by tech and games industry veterans from Unity, EA, and Ubisoft, Refract numbers over 40 employees and has seen consistent growth since 2018. The Refract team’s vision is to create a low-latency and affordable full-body controller to deliver an immersive motion gaming experience.
The result is a series of sensors with a wireless hub that delivered on their goals and more. With just nine sensors and an on-body hub for inside-out positional tracking, the setup is designed to be simple for anyone to use, especially in smaller spaces.
Designed to plug-and-play with OpenVR, SteamVR and Open XR, the modular system is functional without external base stations. It is also IPX5 certified for worry-free water and sweat resistance. AXIS also works with popular VR systems like Oculus, making it an excellent add-on for users who want to enhance their current setup.
AXIS Product Specifications
For Gamers & Creators
AXIS has three distinct setups to meet different needs: Standard, VR, and Creator. These are tailored for gamers, VR experiences, and motion capture animators, respectively. AXIS is also compatible with Unity and Unreal plugins.
Each setup uses the same basic technology, and thanks to the ability to rapidly swap and assign sensors, it is easy to add or remove them to alter the configuration quickly. As well as making the system easily scalable, this versatility also makes it incredibly affordable compared to other popular trackers. The sensors and hub also have a stylish, water-resistant design for when users work up a sweat while playing.
The AXIS Kickstarter goal is $133,900 USD. The funds raised will allow Refract to move the hardware into mass production. Gamers can back the standard setup of nine sensors and hub plus a copy of Freestriker for USD$499, with the limited Super Early Bird offer dropping the price to $399.
The estimated delivery date is March 2022.