New 3-DoF Bridge Controller and Bridge Engine Beta 5

May 12 2017

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Bridge - onwards and upwards!

It’s been just a few short months since the very first Bridge Explorer Edition headsets reached the first Bridge developers and enthusiasts. Since then, we’ve been hard at work continuing to enhance Bridge and Bridge Engine with new software and new hardware. And we’ve also shipped another large wave of Bridge headsets to a completely new set of owners, which means more people than ever get to experience the magic of mobile mixed reality.

All pre-order Bridge headsets have now shipped

Over the past couple of weeks, the entire Occipital team worked overtime to get all pre-ordered Bridge headsets into the hands of eager new owners worldwide. These headsets left for their destinations along with the brand new 3-DoF Bridge Controller, which we’ll cover in more detail below.

While pre-order owners received the lion’s share of excitement with their new Bridge headsets, Explorer Edition owners have a few treats heading their way soon, too; 3-DoF Bridge Controllers and limited edition Bridge T-shirts are being prepared now, and will ship to Explorer Edition owners shortly. Need to change your address? Get in touch with us at support+bridge@occipital.com to let us know where they should go.

The new 3-DoF Bridge Controller

Before long, all Bridge owners will have the new 3-DoF Bridge Controller. Equipped with a 6-axis gyro, capacitive touchpad, multiple buttons, and a sleek black and white case that perfectly matches Bridge, the new controller enables new kinds of spatial and mixed reality interactions for apps built with Bridge Engine, and is already compatible with BRIDGET. We can’t wait to see what developers do with it!

Bridge Engine Beta 5 has arrived

Speaking of Bridge Engine developers, we recently shipped Bridge Engine Beta 5.

Most significantly, Bridge Engine now supports the new 3-DoF Bridge Controller. Additionally, we've loaded the latest Bridge Engine Beta with lots of small but significant updates:

  • The BRIDGET sample has improvements to the portal and scan effect
  • The Unity plugin has matured with a simplified Unity package
  • Realistic 3D positional audio support has been added
  • You can now record your screen directly from the app using ReplayKit. (Note: stereo scanning has been temporarily disabled while we address a known issue, but it will be back in the next release.)

For the full release notes, head on over to Github to read about what’s new (this is invite-only to developers who have requested access).

If you haven’t gotten your hands on a Bridge yet, no worries! Order a Bridge now, and you’ll receive it in a matter of days.

Question? Feel free to reach out to us at support+bridge@occipital.com.