Exiii, a Japan-based startup, is launching the free rental program across the US and Japan, which will allow developers to transition with the company's latest optical development kit, EXOS Wrist DK2, for up to six months, free of charge.
Exiii launched EXOS Wrist DK2 in October, and the company says its main users were large organizations with big budgets, though they aim to change that with the program launch.
EXOS for hackers is a program designed to receive feedback from the developer community with their haptic devices, and startups have limited budgets. Developers can request up to six months for the device that provides wrist feedback when using VR motion controllers, giving users feedback for actions such as virtual gun shooting, virtual ping pong, or placing their hand on a virtual object like a table.
The previous model, EXOS Wrist DK1, was released in February 2018, but was only distributed in a limited number due to production limitations.
Exiii says the design of the EXOS Wrist DK2 is already more efficient to allow for high production volumes, including significant weight loss, improved wearability, and better haptic feedback, which mimic various levels of difficulty, weight, and texture of virtual objects.
Exiii says that ownership and rights related to content created through this program belong to individual developers, although the company may request permission to view the content developed through a movie promotion or demo to promote EXOS.