While increased reality the industry continues to grow, analog board games also make a recurring role. So why not join two?
It's the core of the Tilt Five, an enlarged reality head that projects 3D content on a game board. Players interact with the games via a handheld controller that looks like a Nintendo Wii controller with Harry Potter's rod sticking to one end.
The video, released on May 14, is the second teaser released on the Tilt Five's YouTube channel. Both video clips include photographs shot through the glasses that come with the game set,
From the games previewed in the video, the game content ranges from 8-bit video games to well-made 3D scenes that take place on the game board. While the AR game set comes with a controller, a teaser post on Twitter with a robot that seems to know that it is pointing, indicating that the games may include hand input as well. According to a company president, Tilt Five is currently working with third-party developers to create content for the system.
Other tweets from the company show smartglasses themselves which are not unlike Nreal Light in appearance. The company will look at XOXO in Portland in September to showcase the smartglasses to participants.
Tilt Five has an impressive pedigree with AR / VR veteran Jeri Ellsworth as co-founder and CEO. Ellsworth has been working to enhance enhanced reality to the regular since 2012.
In 2013, she founded the castar which she developed during her time at Valve Corporation. CastAR and its hybrid AR / VR eyeglasses came to a promising start, with a $ 15 million Series A, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and according to Ellsworth's LinkedIn, 200 units were produced.
Unfortunately, in June 2017, the company fell to my financial problem. According to a business advocate, Ellsworth and a handful of castar employees gathered their resources to buy back the technology and assets to form the Tilt Five later that year.
A video published on YouTube in October 2018 explaining the difference between near-eye projection (used in HoloLens, Magic Leap One, and just about all other AR headsets and smartglasses) and far-eye projection features with Tilt Five prototype as an example of the latter method. Instead of a waveguide display that reflects projected light in the eye, the long eye projection reflects light on a board, running back to the eye.
Furthermore, the video reveals that the Tilt Five regulator's bracket contains four LEDs, which makes it possible to act as a mouse that can move in 3D space and manipulate AR content. The prototype smart glasses that appear in the video also seal to a data packet (emblem with the castAR logo in this video).
According to a company president, the manufacturing version of Tilt Five smartglasses will get rid of the puck of the computer and will instead connect to the smartphone or computer via USB-C to reduce the total price of the product. In addition, the spell checker may have six degrees of freedom tracking.
The company is not prepared to share additional information about when the product will be available or how much it will cost yet. Meanwhile, interested parties may sign up for the company's website for updates.
Tilt Five is not the only company with the idea of taking board games in the future, like Spatial Gaming launched their take on reinforced reality game on Kickstarter last year.
However, Spatial doubled its fundraising goal, showing the gaming community's appetite for technically infused board games. In this context, Tilt Five has a decent shot to meet Ellsworth's general AR ambitions. Then CastAR also had a monster Kickstarter, so we have to wait and see how this plays out.