SlimeVR Full-Body Tracker

by SlimeVR

An affordable, comfortable, wireless, 360° solution for full-body tracking in virtual reality

View all updates Sep 07, 2021

Thank You, DIY, Open Source, and the Future

by Eiren Rain

Thanks to your support, the SlimeVR campaign was funded within 12 hours. Currently, more than 1000 people have ordered themselves a Slime set or two. This is a huge step for open source VR, and hopefully it’s only the first of many.

SlimeVR was born out of a DIY, open source VR community. It was created as a standalone device for owoTrack, an open-source, full-body, VR-tracking solution that turns your phone into waist tracker. During the early days, a lot of brainstorming was done on the Discord server of yet another open-source VR FBT, AprilTag, which provides essentially free tracking by relying on webcams or phone cameras to scan printed QR codes.

And we believe in giving back to that community, which is why everything about SlimeVR is open: not only the software, the firmware, and the hardware, but also our development and decision-making processes. We aim to give users the freedom to build their own trackers and, where possible, to use existing devices as substitute trackers. That’s why owoTrack, mentioned above, is fully backwards compatible with SlimeVR. There are no small number of people out there who are currently using a phone (or five) as SlimeVR trackers – and many more who have already built their own DIY SlimeVR trackers, which helps us with testing while also spreading the word about SlimeVR.

A passionate open source movement like this one is especially important in a landscape where social-media giants have entered the VR space in an effort to monetize your data and your time.

Foot Tracking

Some users have asked us to show off the capabilities of different SlimeVR sets. In the short video below, you can see IceC00kie testing his DIY foot trackers, which are effectively an Enhanced Core Set with five full Trackers and three Tracker Extensions. The SlimeVR campaign video does not fully explore the possibilities of foot tracking due to a poor avatar choice on our part…

What’s in the Future for SlimeVR

Right now we are getting new quotes for the project’s main chip, the BNO085. Our overall manufacturing time line will depend on the lead times that manufacturers and suppliers give us for that part. We will share it as soon as we know more!

About the Author

Eiren Rain

eirenliel  ·  eirenliel


$487,070 raised

of $180,000 goal

270% Funded!

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$165

Lower-Body Set

Five SlimeVR trackers, enough to track the position and rotation of your waist and your knees, as well as the position of your feet. Includes five straps and one USB Type-C cable.


$190

Core Set (5+1)

Five SlimeVR Trackers and one Tracker Extension, enough to track the position and rotation of your waist (with improved precision), your knees, and your chest, as well as the position of your feet. Includes six straps and one USB Type-C cable.


$235

Enhanced Core Set (5+3)

Five SlimeVR Trackers and three Tracker Extensions, enough to track the position and rotation of your waist (with improved precision), your knees, your chest, and your feet. Includes eight straps and one USB Type-C cable.


$295

Full-Body Set (7+3)

Seven SlimeVR Trackers and three Tracker Extensions, enough to track the position and rotation of your waist (with improved precision), your knees, your feet, your chest, and your elbows. Includes 10 straps and one USB Type-C cable.


$455

Deluxe Tracker Set (10+6)

10 SlimeVR Trackers and six Tracker Extensions, enough to track the position and rotation of your waist (with improved precision), your knees, your chest, your feet, and your elbows – with enough left over to experiment with motion capture and other innovations. Includes 16 straps and one USB Type-C cable.


$235

DIY Kit - Full-Body Set (7+3)

Seven DIY SlimeVR Tracker boards and three Tracker Extension boards, enough to track the position and rotation of your waist (with improved precision), your knees, your chest, your feet, and your elbows. This DIY kit includes only the boards and connecting wires for the Tracker Extensions. It does not come with enclosures, straps, batteries, or other accessories.

Credits

SlimeVR

A small company with the enthusiastic goal of bringing accessible VR to a wide audience.


Eiren Rain

Eva Leraine

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