This Pakistani Startup Aims to Bring VR and Augmented Reality to You

Virtual reality gaming is coming back in a big way. Big names such as Sony, HTC, Facebook and Samsung are all dipping into the VR scene, with many of their offerings going well over Rs. 50,000 range. That price tag, out of reach for many, is certainly bound to limit the adoption of ‘truly immersive gaming experiences’ for the average Pakistani gamer.

With such prohibitive costs for VR products, is all lost for the local Pakistani consumer who wishes to enhance their gaming experiences with a dose of realism? But here comes this Pakistani startup that seems to have stepped in to take care of the gap for VR and AR gadgets in the country.

Enter Haptika, a startup that wants to bring body-wide haptic feedback and virtual reality mode for your favorite PC games, and even medical and military applications.

Because while we’re at it, why keep VR and augmented reality (AR) restricted to entertainment purposes only, when the technology can also help train future doctors and soldiers as well.

Haptika – What Does It Do for You?

Haptika wants you, the player to be on calling all the shots on the battlefield. With their VR goggles, you can survey war zones as if you were there. With the Haptika-developed, force feedback-based body vest, you can feel bullets as you come under fire from enemies.

And if that wasn’t enough, players can use an aiming weapon (Virtua-Cop style), to take down threats onscreen.


The VR Goggles, Body Vest and Aiming Weapon

How Haptika Came About

Currently, Haptika features a 7-man strong team of dedicated technologists brought together by Muhammad Nabeel (Founder and CTO).

Nabeel credits the inspiration behind Haptika to a discussion he was having one day with his brother Huzaifa (Founder and CEO). From those discussions grew the idea for doing something unique for the Pakistani tech scene, and Nabeel went about with the idea to establish a robotics-based startup.

After a long search, he found some dedicated and enthusiastic students who are now part of Haptika team:

  • 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.

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at Lens by ProPakistani. You can reach out to him at samir.ya...

        • no not at all… cardboard cost 1k pkr whereas oculus cost 60k pkr… so they cant be same in any way…but yes quality of lens of cardboard in enough to experience virtual reality…

  • Copycats. Too many wannabees. Where were they before Oculus? or Samsung VR? This shall fail. InshAllah !!

      • Because why cant the country lead to an original idea before it had already happened somewhere in the world? Why cant it. Something happens somewhere months ago and then happens in Pakistan.

        • Even if it’s a copy, which according to them isn’t, why are you praying for someone’s failure. We shouldn’t do this even for enemies.

        • Ok! Make your own business, then we will see what you get. I would say your business is the copy of Axact. In Sha ALLAH! Your business will fail. Doesn’t it hurt you?

    • Copy cat girl i think you are much ignorant with the world which shows us that one man create the idea and whole the world improve it with their skills like firefox and android.

    • Thank you for your precious advice… I am the Founder and CTO at HAPTIKA… I love such type of comments… but your comment showed that you do not know what we are doing and it seems you also dont know what is going on in VR/AR worldwide… The product we are developing is first time in the world….I am not talking about HAPTIKA JACKET that we launched…HAPTIKA is working on state of the art technology and best of our knowledge no company did it before in the world.. For your information I am also a PhD Scholar from TUM, Germany… Thank you for the best wishes… I would love to talk to you when you post a comment that HAPTIKA is awesome after few months after our successful venture…well best of luck…

  • That is a great effort and really good to see the Pakistani startup industry coming out of the software-only approach towards hardware. However; its not a ‘Robotics’ startup. It’s augmented reality… and this needs clarification. Not everything high-tech is a Robotics company .. so kindly append the article :) ..

    • Weraable haptic gadgets is a field of robotics that’s why is called robotics startup. Haptic is relatively new research area in robotics..

  • سارہ انور کو سئریسلی نا لو… یہ پرو پاکستانی کی قندیل بلوچ ہے

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