VR gaming is in high demand and names like Sony, HTC, Facebook and Samsung are all into it with their prices above Rs. 50,000 range which out of limits for many and also restricts the ‘truly immersive gaming experiences’ for the average Pakistani gamer. There is a Pakistani startup presently that came in to bridge the gap between VR and AR gadgets in the country.
Haptika, a startup that wants to bring body-wide haptika feedback and virtual reality mode for your favorite PC games, and even medical and military applications. We need not keep the VR and augmented reality (AR) for entertainment only, when the technology can also assist in training doctors and soldiers also.
In Haptika, you will be the decision maker on the battlefield, survey war zones, and with the Haptika-developed force feedback-based body vest you can also feel bullets as you are fired upon by enemies. Players can use an aiming weapon (Virtua-Cop style), to take down threats onscreen.
Currently, Haptika features a 7-man strong team of dedicated technologists brought together by Muhammad Nabeel (Founder and CTO).
Nabeel gives credit of Haptika to a discussion with his brother Huzaifa (Founder and CEO) where the discussions led to the idea of something for Pakistani tech scene and went with the idea for a robotics-based startup
As a member of the Haptika team he found some dedicated students:
- Iqbal Sajid Khan (Lead Hardware Designer and Developer)
- Syed Kazim Hussain (Lead Software Developer)
- Afzal Rana (Chief Marketing Officer)
- Shahzaib Khan (Chief Finance Officer and Hardware Developer)
- Mohammad Ahsan (Lead Technical Specialist)
Haptika Launch and Product Details
Haptika is launching today (26th March 2016), after successfully graduating from The Nest I/O.
You can check them out here.
Initially, the startup will be selling the Haptic Wearable Device (force-feedback body vest) for Rs. 8,000 apiece. The vest is available in many colors such as blue, army green, black and gray. For Counterstrike players, this gadget can bring a whole new meaning to their gaming experience.
We wish the Haptika team all the best and hope that they pave the way for more Pakistani startups to make a splash in the red-hot virtual reality space.