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The Hypersuit looks like hyperfun

A French startup is developing this VR simulation rig, which is expected to hit the market in mid-2017.

Ben Fox Rubin
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
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A VR simulator

Hypersuit, a Paris-based startup, has spent the past year developing this VR simulation rig and showed it off at the CES Unveiled event Tuesday night.

The piece is meant to engage the whole body in a flying VR game the company created, allowing someone to feel more immersed in the experience. "We want the player to be in the game," Hypersuit co-founder Tom Sicard said. "Not just through his eyes, but his whole body."

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Expected later this year

The demo used an HTC Vive VR headset, as well as a fan to bolster that flying feeling.

The company said it plans to start offering the Hypersuit in mid-2017.

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Don't make room for it in your finished basement

Hypersuit's Sicard said his company doesn't expect to sell the piece directly to consumers. Instead, the company plans to offer Hypersuit as rentals to theme parks, malls, movie theaters and casinos.

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The rig

Here's a look at the full rig. No details yet on specific pricing.

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Arm controls

A user can control where he flies in virtual reality by moving around these arm controls.

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Let's test it out!

Here's our very own Scott Stein getting ready to test out the Hypersuit.

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Here we go

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And we're in VR

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Getting used to the controls

OK, Scott needs a bit of help figuring out the controls.

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Still testing

Fine, he needs a lot of help.

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High flying

Looks like he's got the hang of it now.

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