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Sony to launch ¥49,500 wearable to animate users’ movements in the metaverse

Sony to launch ¥49,500 wearable to animate users’ movements in the metaverse

Sony to launch ¥49,500 wearable to animate users’ movements in the metaverse

Sony Group’s latest device is a set of wearable motion trackers designed to bring users into the metaverse on their phones.

The new Mocopi system consists of six balls worn around the user’s wrists, ankles, head and hips, used to animate avatars within various metaverse apps on Android phones or Apple iPhones. Priced at ¥49,500 ($360) and launched in Japan in January, the Mocopi kit adds to the company’s ventures into virtual and augmented reality.

“We label this a metaverse product instead of a VR peripheral because we expect the virtual world to further blend with the real world,” said Takeshi Aimi, senior manager of Sony’s motion business group, at a demonstration event Wednesday. “People will enter the metaverse without head-mounted displays in the future, and we didn’t want to limit the use of the product to just VR users.”

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