The HalfDive VR headset, or BMD (Bed-Mounted-Display) from Diver-X is trying to implement a range of new features that have never been seen before in a VR headset, such as “wind feedback. This is simply done by a pair of fans built into the headset that outside of adding a touch of wind in your face effect, can apparently also be used for cooling down the user.
Other more normal features include a 3D audio system that consists of four speakers placed around the head, a force feedback system based on what might best be described as friction bands, vibration feedback via an “audio exciter” and foot controllers in addition to regular hand controllers.
Diver-X is promising 4.5 degrees of freedom and the headset consists of two displays that deliver 1600×1440 pixels per eye at 90 Hz with a 134 degree field of view. They’ve also designed a custom 10 lens optical system with optional support for varifocal lenses. Other hardware features include DP 1.2, USB 3.0, a 3.5 mm audio jack and 12 V power input.
The HalfDive BMD is expected to launch on Kickstarter in November with a price of US$800 for the base model, whereas the fully featured model will cost around US$1,200. The varifocal unit will cost an insane US$4,000, which suggests it’s very costly to make the lenses for those suffering from presbyopia.