vrAse converts smartphones into VR headsets

vrAse virtual reality smartphone case

vrAse virtual reality smartphone case

A soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter project has enticed the minds of the tech community early on. A team based in Edinburgh, Scotland, plans to create a virtual reality headset using your existing smartphone. The vrAse is a goggle-like apparatus that lets you slip most current smartphones (like the iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, and Samsung Galaxy S4) on its front slot, enabling you to experience augmented reality gaming and 3D movie watching right in front of your eyes.

Take note that you need content that is “side by side” ready in order to fully experience the 3D benefits of vrAse. This means you have to download content that plays on split screen format or install apps that allow you to split content into two screens.

vrAse augmented reality smartphone case

Apart from watching 3D content with no outside interference, vrAse can also bring augmented reality up close. A handful of navigation apps provide information depending on where you direct your smartphone camera. You could walk on the street or hike up the mountains with ease, only that you need to check your peripheral surrounding every now and then. The development team even suggests using the vrAse as an in-your-face GoPro camera.

The current version vrAse also accepts HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2. The creators claim they plan on making the bulky smartphone case compatible with any smartphone.

The team aims for a £55,000 (about US$85,200) funding goal once the project goes live on August 31. Interested backers can avail for their very own vrAse for as low as £48 ($74), which is expected to be shipped on Feburary next year if the funding goal is achieved.

Source: TechCrunch

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