Bad news for those who supported the Kickstarter campaign of PrioVR, the motion capture and control system from YEI Technology, which is not going through a good time.
As they comment in their latest Kickstarter update, YEI Technology’s parent company, YEI Corporation, has stopped providing financial and administrative support to it, and all funds raised during the Kickstarter campaign (more than $300,000) have been exhausted. Despite the fact that they already have everything ready to start manufacturing, they do not have enough money to buy the necessary components to manufacture the PrioVR systems. In addition to this, the Mocap Studio has lost some members and that is going to harm the motion capture software, for the backers who intended to use it as a low-cost capture system. Even so, they hope to have something ready to use when they manage to send the suits, which of course are delayed again since the last news we had in April indicated that they were going to send them in June.
The good news is that they are in talks with a powerful investor and are looking for other financing options, so they are convinced that the PrioVR suits will be manufactured and sent to the backers, albeit later than planned. The software is ready, and the plugins for Unity and Unreal Engine are finished, in the absence of the API to support the joysticks, which will be finished this week since it is the simplest part. The sample demos and the games are also ready, and the zombie game is being updated to have a multiplayer mode that will be finished in a matter of weeks, so they are optimistic about the launch of PrioVR, despite the problems they are going through. Now it is the engineers who are in charge of the company, and they claim that in a week we will have more information.