Denis, Teslasuit Marketing Director here. Looking forward to your questions!
as for feedback for users - we have it on Youtube - just google it by keyword phrase "Teslasuit VR haptic suit at DevGAMM 2017 Minsk"
as for prefix Tesla - we using it due to the fact that we are using current (EMS and TENS) to provide haptic (sense of touch)
as for electricity: yes, we are using TENS and EMS to provide haptic sensations
as for security: yes. we have 2 security system built in the Teslasuit (software level and hardware level)
PS. I can't answer so fast to other questions due to limitation of the Hacker News, but promise - I will answer to all your questions a bit more later
• Sizing wise, how're you thinking to handle different sized people. For example, I'm about 155cm (just over "5 foot" in imperial). That's fairly short compared to many North Americans.
• Power and signal transport. On the YouTube video there seems to be a back attachment with a WiFi logo. Does that mean the suit itself will be untethered (battery powered)?
• If it's untethered, do you have estimates for how long it'll generally go between charges (for the first generation)?
• Will the SDK and/or drivers be Open Source (of any license)?
Even with "standard" sizes like that, I always need to get clothes tailored as the arms and legs are still too long. :)
Open Sourcing drivers/SDK wise: If you need someone to bounce ideas off of or just discuss things, you're welcome to ping me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy to sign reasonable NDA (etc) if needed.
I always wanted to use TENS and EMS but my professors were a bit cautious. Anyway I've learned a lot and it was a really fun project. I still have the suit and have currently lent it to a fellow student who want's to survey if and how it increases VR immersion. Very happy to see another professional go at this! Good luck guys!
But seriously, that's probably the first thing I'd go for with regards to temp control. Elite cockpits look like a sauna if you overheat your ship.
Not sure that naming it tesla was a good idea though.
and on and on and on
No chest bouncing sensors though, unfortunately...
But, pretty much Windows only. :(
They do have one demo + their data reading SDK also working on OSX. Not really sure if that should be considered real OSX support though:
Reading the license in the SDK, it's 100% proprietary. My interest completely died at that point.
Those are not trademark categories. Here's a list:
In particular note Class 09, which covers solar and batteries AND this haptic suit.
The court will start by asking one question along the lines of, "Is there a good chance that a typical customer in the market for either product will be confused regarding the origin of the goods?" The weasel words in that question will leave plenty of room for argument on both sides.
(IANAL, but have had cause to look into this question recently.)
Trademarks don't get you rights to every market that utilizes the type of item you sell.
There is no battery trademark category. Only electronics, which covers both batteries and this suit.
So yes, they do need to change their name.
A dash of legal ambiguity is often enough for a deep-pocketed company to cause a lot of pain, regardless of the letter of the law.
> Imagine a fully integrated, computer-free version, streaming content directly to the user’s virtual/augmented reality system, that would work together with Teslasuit and Teslaglove models remotely and wirelessly. Revolutionary streaming service SDK will blow your mind with it unlimited possibilities, provided on most high level ever.
Pffffft. All of this reads like imaginary, aspirational nonsense. Just someone tossing ideas onto a webpage.
> Native SDK for main platforms such as Linux, Windows and even Mac.
I appreciate that 2018's vaporware is prioritizing the Linux desktop.
Do you have a good reason to claim it's vaporware, or is it just cool to be controversial on HN? What does your pointless pessimism and negativity add to the conversation?
HN is a community of hackers who like tech, creating stuff, and building the future. Let's get excited about the new things and support our colleagues, instead of just instinctively dismissing anything new.
This is a marketing page, there's been more than enough recent scams built on nothing but high quality marketing pages that you'd be incredibly gullible to believe them.
Any news from CES 2018? According to the blog it was meant to be unveiled there but I haven't seen anyone covering it.
If you're at CES, it is in the bottom floor of the Sands just behind the Israel section.
I couldn’t make a more buzzword-y, vaporware-sounding sentence unless I added the words “crypto” and “AI“ to it somehow.
I don't mean it is a scam, but it is definitely high risk. In fact I can only imagine to see it succeed if it is backed by a 800lb gorilla with money to burn. The obvious one would be the military.
You should probably consider putting these and any other similar content you have front and center on the website. As it is now it looks a little thin on actual proof and comes off sounding a bit vaporware-ish.
Orherwise... ouch... fire ants.
Edit: Note that despite the differences between TENS and NMES do not extend to the effects of bad contact.
also, only two sensors per arm seems like it would leave it difficult to measure forearm twist. maybe they expect to recover that from touch controller orientation information?
The only climate control system I am aware of that can be used in this setting are Peltier effect based systems, and they are dogs in term of energy consumption if you can't put fan or other thermal pump.
It's a simple misconception to correct, though.
What if I used "Turing" as the name of my cybersecurity/AI company?
Even still, two wrongs don't make a right.
In any case, it should be impossible to trademark a name like "Tesla", because it is a common term in electrical engineering and transportation (Tesla wasn't the first company making electric cars).
Only if the car was (somehow) powered via alternating current (bonus points if via wireless energy transfer, for obvious reasons).
I'm actually not sure what the motor tech in the Tesla vehicles are; likely some kind of 3-phase BLDC (or maybe synchronous AC).
So I guess in a way, it is "AC" at some point in the powertrain.
At least get your brand name right...
It doesn't leave the greatest first impression.
Honestly, things seem to be moving in the opposite direction; wireless HMDs (or integrated processors), on-board outward-looking 6DOF tracking for the head/body positioning, plus similar tracking for the hands (no "datagloves" needed) - and ultimately the arms (ragdoll physics + IK)...
Ultimately, people want to wear less stuff to get into a VR world, not more. If the HMD could be ditched (or be made even less obtrusive than it currently is - which is, IMHO, light-years ahead of where things were back in the 1990s) - people might (big if) flock to it in droves.
Still...there's a lack of a "killer app" for VR. Gaming doesn't seem to be it, yet (a large part of this is the "total buy in" dollar amount needed - it's just too much except for the hard-core players, at best). Social apps don't seem to have gained much traction, either. VR porn seems to be a lost cause as well.
If VR can't make inroads with a "killer function" - it likely will just die on the vine for the second time, unfortunately.