Altergaze: 3D Printed VR Goggles

When you think of virtual reality devices, you think of clunky headsets that cost a bunch of money. Well, a new pair of VR Goggles that is trying to raise money on Kickstarter is not clunky, not expensive, and takes advantage of an ordinary phone to create an immersive experience. These VR Goggles are called Altergaze.

Altergaze

Altergaze is a virtual reality interface that is 3D printed, made for any smartphone, and is very customizable. Altergaze is pretty much a phone accessory that you slide a phone into and put on your face. Altergaze puts the phone right in front of the wearer’s face, and the apps take advantage of the phones sensors to make the experience immersive. You could pretty much consider it a slimmed down Oculus.

This little phone accessory is not only affordable, but it is open source as well. Designers and 3D printing enthusiasts are encouraged to experiment with Altergaze (if the campaign is successful).

Watch the Kickstarter Video About AlterGaze:

Altergaze takes advantage of a smart phone to provide a virtual reality experience, so the experience that you get is going to totally depend on the phone being used. Basically, a person with the latest iPhone is going to have a way better experience than someone using a $200 budget Android phone. With all that said, Altergaze is designed to offer a high quality 110 degree field-of-view.

Here are the specs of Altergaze when combined with an iPhone 5:

  • Field of view: 110 degrees (with the handheld rubber eyepiece) / 90 degrees (with the headgear rubber eyepiece)
  • Head tracking: 6 DoF / 9 DoF IMU
  • Display: resolution 1136 x 640 (1920 x 1080 on Samsung S4), contrast 800:1, brightness: 500 cd /m2
  • Weight: ~0.22 kilograms (without the phone)
  • Dimensions: 15.8cm x 8.2cm x 7.2cm (without the rubber eyepiece)

Altergaze is pretty much ready to go, but they need funding to develop a few things for the device. If Altergaze gets enough funding, then they’ll be able to provide some free experiences for the device, an SDK, an interactive site for customization, 3D printing, different material options, and all kinds of other cool stuff. The funding is pretty much going towards things that will help development, manufacturing, and all that good stuff a new product needs.

The most interesting thing about Altergaze is that anyone can become a manufacturer and distributor for the device. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, then anyone with a 3D printer can get supplies and online tools that will help them manufacture and sell the device. 3D printer owners don’t even have to assemble it if they don’t want … they can just sell parts.

Currently, the Altergaze Kickstarter campaign has 266 backers and has raised £17,765 of their £25,000 goal. They have 13 days left to reach their goal. Hopefully they’ll make it, because this device is pretty cool. If you’d like to support Altergaze, then you can head over to their Kickstarter page.