Immersit wishes to make watching movies and playing games at home more immersive by offering its ultimate 4D motion-generating device, which works with your existing couch.
The device has four hydraulic pads, which are put underneath each leg of the couch. Some movements include rotate, tilt, move side-to-side, up/down, back/forward, plus up to a thousand vibration varieties. Another box connecting to a gaming console, PC, or audio-video device.
Immersit does not only work with your couch. Actually, it is compatible with anything which has four feet, for instance, a bed or a seat.
Users of the device can likewise manage the level of the vibrations in the event they're already about to fall asleep.
Use Cases For The Device
Users can benefit from this device in a number of ways - from pairing the couch with a video game, a virtual reality headset or a movie.
The device, though, doesn't have a capacity to simulate the vibrations in real time. Immersit still has to encode vibrations for different movies so that it knows when to vibrate as your much-loved movie plays. Nevertheless, the device can automatically identify the movie you are presently watching. TechCrunch believes that the device employs audio fingerprinting.
While the company has already pre-programmed several movies into the device, it does not go into detail as to which titles they have already worked on. In terms of video games, this device has a support for more than 120 titles on the current and last-gen Xbox, PlayStation and PCs. But, again, it has not mentioned exactly which titles.
As for VR headsets, while the team has not tested the device yet with HTC Vive nor the Oculus Rift, it promises that VR compatibility will never be a problem as it already works well with Oculus DK2.
Price And Availability
The company is expecting to ship the final product in December this year. However, early birds can get hold of this device as early as September or October.
Those interested with the device should need to fork out between $565 and $904 from their pockets, depending on the Kickstarter pledge they want to avail.
The company says it now has the final design of the gadget and will commence with manufacturing soon. More details are discussed on its page.
As always with crowdfunding campaigns such as this, it is wise to take everything with a touch of suspicion. Steve Dent of Engadget, though, says that he had the chance to use the device in Paris in 2015, and had "another look" at it during 2016 CES, suggesting that there's a big chance this will eventually see the light of day.