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The Emerge Home system lets users interact with a virtual world and feel feedback with their bare hands—an alternative to the clunky controllers or gloves that typically accompany virtual reality experiences. It includes the Emerge Wave-1, a tabletop device about the size of a 13-inch laptop that works by emitting “sculpted ultrasonic waves that allow users to feel and interact via touch in the virtual world,” the company said in a press release Friday.
Emerge said it closed $13 million in new funding to finance the product’s launch, bringing the company’s total amount raised to $31 million. New investors backing the project include Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, metaverse advocate Matthew Ball, inventor Kurt Petersen and patent firm Schox. Existing investors include M13 and Vulcan Capital.
Emerge will publicly launch the Wave-1 alongside a companion VR headset and mobile app via a Kickstarter campaign next month. The entire package will retail for $499.
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