Full Body VR Controller AXIS Launches Kickstarter

Backers will receive Refract’s easy-to-use motion-tracking system and first-person fighting game Freestriker.

Several months ago we covered Virtual Taekwondo, a captivating mixed reality experience from Singapore-based tech company Refract Technologies that allows competitors to battle each other in hand-to-hand combat using the company’s full-body motion capture system AXIS.

The technology is so realistic, in fact, that it’s attracted the attention of the World Taekwondo Federation, who’s currently working alongside the developer to organize an official virtual sports program.

Today, the company launched an official Kickstarter campaign for its wireless full-body motion capture technology, allowing you the chance to pick up your own full-body controller without breaking the bank. Here’s what you need to know.

Refract’s AXIS (Active XR Interface System) technology is composed of nine individual sensors placed strategically across the body as well as an on-body wireless hub, allowing for highly-accurate inside-out tracking.

Image Credit: Refract Technologies

This removes the need for any external trackers and enables the system to be used in smaller spaces, which—if you’re lacking the physical space—can be an absolute game-changer. The full-body system offers real-time, low latency tracking compatible with OpenXR, OpenVR, Oculus, and SteamVR applications.

That being said, AXIS wasn’t designed exclusively for gaming. According to Refract, the system features three modes in total: Standard for conventional 2D gamers, VR for headset users, and Creator for motion capture animators. Thanks to its modular design and detachable straps, you can quickly swap out sensors to keep the party rolling. This is a great feature for VR arcades and professional creators who require extended use of the technology.

Image Credit: Refract Technologies

At the time of this writing, Refract is roughly $83,000 short of its $98,433 goal with 44 days still left to go in the campaign. Those interested can reserve their system now for $499 with a limited-time early bird special of $399. This guarantees you a nine-sensor system as well as a copy of the developer’s first-person fighting game Freestriker, which was designed specifically for use with AXIS.

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Feature Image Credit: Refract Technologies

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