You know what’s great about the rise of virtual reality in gaming? You get to experience some really immersive environments, like you’re actually right there in the middle of the action. You know what’s not so great? Stubbing your toe on the fireplace or crashing over the couch (or worse) because you can’t bloody see where you really are. The Nyko VR Guardian, just announced and revealed today at E3 in Los Angeles, solves that exact problem.

Before you strap on your VR headset of choice, the idea is that you set up virtual boundaries with the Nyko VR Guardian. You get four Bluetooth sensors that you place around the room, creating a “safe zone” perimeter within which you can game freely without hurting yourself or breaking things. You then put on a couple of adjustable wristbands that will alert you when you get a little too close to your boundaries.

You know those shock collars they put on dogs and livestock to make sure they stay within the virtual boundary of your yard (or farm)? The VR Guardian basically works the same way. And because of the way it works, it doesn’t matter what VR configuration you’ve got, whether that’s with an Oculus Rift, an HTC Vive, a PlayStation VR, or whatever else. The Nyko VR Guardian will list for $99.99 when it hits store shelves this fall.

Nyko also released a number of other accessories, including charging docks, hand coolers, and speaker attachments for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, all of which are depicted in the image gallery below and detailed in the embedded press release below that. Don’t forget to read our summaries of the Sony press conference and the Microsoft Xbox event for the latest on what’s happening with the gaming world at E3 too.

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E3 2016: Nyko Debuts Accessories for VR, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Nyko to showcase latest line of accessories for VR and game consoles at E3 2016, West Hall Booth #4500

LOS ANGELES June 14, 2016 Inventive video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today debuted its first ever line of virtual reality gaming products at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The new VR accessories include the VR Guardian, a Bluetooth-powered boundary system that creates a safe zone for floor-scale gameplay, and a VR Motion Band designed to reduce nausea. In addition, the company also unveiled new console gaming accessories for the Xbox One and PlayStation4, including the Charge Block Solo featuring a modular design that can be used individually or combined to charge controllers for both consoles, and an Intercooler Grip and SpeakerCom for the PS4. All products are set to launch within the 2016 calendar year.

Hands on demos are available from Tuesday, June 14 to Thursday, June 16 at Nykos exhibition booth in the West Hall, #4500. Members of the press interested in scheduling a personal demo can contact nyko@triplepointpr.com for an appointment.

VR gaming has achieved significant traction in the past year and presents greater opportunities for us to do what we do best – improve upon the overall gameplay experience through smart design and useful applications, said Chris Arbogast, Nykos head of sales and marketing. We spent a lot of time in the product research and development phase identifying the key issues facing gamers with VR. These new products address nausea and call for improved safety, especially with respect to not-so-imaginary walls and furniture, while playing in a virtual world.

Nykos VR Accessories Debut

VR Guardian
VRs unparalleled immersion is incredible, but when a virtual space starts to feel like reality and the boundaries of your world feel entirely arbitrary, it can also be hazardous. VR Guardian is a complete VR boundary system that lets users designate a safe zone for floor-scale gameplay, using sensors and wristbands to alert you before you trip over a couch or run into a wall. The VR Guardian uses four Bluetooth sensors to form a user-defined grid. The sensors are paired with two adjustable wristbands that vibrate and alert the user when they begin to encroach on the designated boundary. When not in use, the sensors and wristbands can be neatly stacked together for easy storage and simultaneous charging. VR Guardian is compatible with all VR systems, and will begin shipping in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $99.99.

VR Motion Band
Designed to address the unfortunate pesky side effects of prolonged VR headwear use, the VR Motion Bands use an acupressure bead to stimulate the anterior surface of the forearm (a key pressure point) on both wrists to potentially reduce nausea, dizziness, and headaches. By applying pressure on this point, the wristbands help release muscular tension and stress, promote the circulation of blood, and enable the body to relax. The VR Motion Band is an adjustable one-size fits all band for an MSRP of $9.99. The product is expected to ship in fall 2016.

Console Customization

Charge Block Solo for PlayStation4 and Xbox One
The Charge Block Solo is a versatile solution for quick, easy controller charging – it can plug into any wall outlet, USB port, or even another charge block for simultaneous charging. The power cable can also disconnect for separate charging– its a standard micro USB that can be used to charge a controller while playing or with any other USB device like a cell phone, allowing you full control and flexibility for your charging needs. The Charge Block Solo for PlayStation 4 (MSRP of $14.99) comes with Nykos patented micro-USB dongles for charging, and the Charge Block Solo for Xbox One (MSRP of $19.99) includes a 1200 mAh battery. Both products will begin shipping September 2016.

Charge Block Duo for PlayStation4 and Xbox One

The Charge Block Duo is designed for easy, rapid dual controller charging. Like the Charge Block Solo, it can draw power from a wall outlet, USB port, or other charge blocks, and can be split into two separate charge blocks per user convenience. The Charge Blog Duo for PlayStation 4 (MSRP of $24.99) comes with Nykos patented micro-USB dongles for charging, and the Charge Blog Duo for Xbox One (MSRP of $29.99) includes two 1200 mAh batteries. Both products will begin shipping September 2016.

Intercooler Grip for PlayStation4 and Xbox One
The Intercooler Grip is a controller attachment designed to deliver cool air to your hands using multiple integrated fans, perfect for avoiding the discomfort of sweaty palms and the tactical disadvantage of slippery trigger fingers during summertime gaming marathons. Intercooler Grip for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will both begin shipping in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $19.99.

SpeakerCom for PlayStation4 and Xbox One
The SpeakerCom is a high quality speaker and microphone attachment for your controller. This patented technology lets you strategize with your team or goad your opponents without having to deal with clunky headwear. The SpeakerCom for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be available in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $24.99.

To learn more about Nyko and its various products, visit:
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About Nyko Technologies, Inc.

Award-winning Nyko Technologies designs, manufactures and markets innovative and high-quality accessory solutions to enhance the electronic entertainment experience. The companys mission is to solve problems and improve user experience through products that are as thoughtfully designed as they are functional. Nyko specializes in interactive entertainment technologies for consumer electronics across a wide spectrum of platforms, and has been granted numerous patents for its innovations. Nykos best-selling products include the Wii Charge Station, Charge Base for Xbox 360, Perfect Shot for Wii, and Zoom for Kinect.

Founded in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, Nyko distributes its products through major North American retailers and worldwide partnerships. For more information, please visit www.nyko.com or call 1.888.444.6956.
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