PinchVR’s virtual reality headset brings us one step closer to a Minority Report future [VIDEO]



Ever wanted to be that guy in Minority Report who could control a holographic computer interface using his fingers? That exact technology is far off for an average consumer, but there are plausible virtual reality options out there to make it happen.

One such option is PinchVR. This company began its trek on IndieGoGo and proposed a smartphone case that can unfold into a full-fledged virtual reality headset. The virtual reality aspect of it isn’t quite that new — we’ve got Google Cardboard and other affordable options that combine with your existing smartphone to bring VR capabilities already.

It’s the “pinch” aspect of it that has us excited. The headset pairs up with a couple of nodes that go on your index fingers. This allows the company’s apps to track your hand movement and gives you a way to manipulate a user interface or play a game with your hands. This video should give you a pretty good idea of that experience:

Cool, right? Much of the work is done thanks to the phone’s camera. That, combined with an optical lens built into the frame of PinchVR, allows the PinchVR to track your hand movement with great accuracy.

Truth be told, the case aspect of the device doesn’t seem very appealing. I’d just as soon throw this into a backpack and opt to use something a bit more appealing (its remarkable thinness when folded up is quite the engineering job, though). That sort of flexibility is one of the many reasons why we love PinchVR — use it as a case if you want, or don’t. Your choice.

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PinchVR also gets kudos thanks to being a fine virtual reality enclosure on its own. It works with any VR-enabled apps such as those made for Google Cardboard, so you’re not being tied down to one ecosystem of content.

Although the project reached its funding goal on January 22nd, you can apparently still opt-in for one at the company’s IndieGoGo page. $99 gets you the Pinch Discovery Edition, which includes the case in Metallic Black, two pinchers and full access to the SDK. A limited edition goes for $50 more and gets you the same setup, except you’ll get it in Metallic Red and you’ll have a numbered unit to note its scarcity. Replacement pinchers can be had as a pair for $29.

The company expects to begin shipping these things as soon as June 2015, though we’ll obviously have to wait and see if that holds up. These ambitious projects don’t often meet their deadlines without a few bumps and bruises along the way. No matter how long the wait ends up being, though, we’re sure it’ll be well worth it.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. interactive porn is right around the corner. a virtual slap on her @$$ using pinchers to track ur hand movement to apply the right amount of force making it just right.

    1. sounds like you have been waiting for this for quite some time homie.

      1. lets be honest here….I think we all have. he does get a bit….descriptive in a creepy way tho haha but i think we are all thinking it. anyone who says they arent is lying. ;)

        1. VR porn would be cool… But i would rather have a REAL woman. Save the money for buying these “toys” to take a young lady out and you may get lucky.

          *chances of getting lucky may vary.*

          1. haha well I’m married, so everything is good here. dont wanna ruin any of that =)

          2. same rule can apply if you’re married… save money by not buying miscellaneous items and treat your wife to a night out, jewelry, or both. PoundTown by the end of the night… I guarantee it!!!

          3. hahaha love it, so true

        2. lmao! Im not that dude

          1. i was just playin!

      2. homie or hornie?

  2. Nice, but when Google starts implementing their Project Tango 3d tracking tech into Nexus devices and opening it up to other parties, this will either be bought up and integrated into TANGO or a competitor (from Apple)

    Still, hoping Google cardboard VR + this or Tango 3d tracking makes my next phone a true interactive VR device!

  3. I spend enough cash on this reality… I don’t think that I want to fork over more for a virtual one. My wife would kill me… LOL

    1. well what if she is thinking the exact same thing??? ;)

      1. She said: “Negative Ghost Rider The Pattern Is Full”

        1. best response ever

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