http://mashable.com/2015/03/16/impression-pi/

In the last few months we’ve seen virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift cleverly paired with the Leap Motion gesture controller to deliver a more interactive experience, but one company has managed to merge the two concepts into one device.

The Impression Pi is a wearable VR headset that embeds the ability to track your gestures into the hardware itself — no Leap Motion hack needed.

Launched as a Kickstarter project by the San Jose, California, branch of China’s Usens, the device quickly blew past its goal of $78,000, and, as of this writing, has passed the $82,000 mark, with almost two months left to raise cash.

There are a number of options available for developers and tinkerers looking for a DIY project, but the consumer-ready versions are the most compelling.

For $279 you can buy a version of the headset (which has about two hours of battery life) that allows you to place your iPhone 6 or Android phone into the headset for VR functionality (much like the Samsung Gear VR). And for $359 you get the all-in-one version of the device (with about one and a half hours of battery life), which has its own built-in display (no mobile phone necessary).

Impression Pi

But with a number of VR devices now flooding the market, including the Oculus Rift, Razer OSVR and now Valve’s HTC Re Vive, breaking in with a new device not backed by a giant could be difficult.

But with a number of VR devices now flooding the market, including the Oculus Rift, Razer OSVR and now Valve’s HTC Re Vive, breaking in with a new device not backed by a giant could be difficult.

“I really like Oculus Rift, but we are going for a different market and use case,” Yue Fei, the chief technology officer of Usens,” told Mashable. “I don’t think we are directly competing with each other, Oculus is very focused on giving people a very fast video experience, and their first target is hardcore gamers. But they have done a lot of work that has helped the VR industry.”

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