The success of virtual reality in headsets like Oculus Rift and Samsung VR recently inspired filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival.
Everyone is fascinated with the opportunities that this new technology could possibly unlock.
As a result, Kickstarter has been seeing a huge influx of projects related to VR, many of which have been incredibly successful in achieving their fundraising goals.
The French company has developed a projector that allows a group of people to enjoy virtual reality in a room together, as opposed to being individually isolated with a headset.
According to the project page, Catopsys claims to be the “only company” with the know-how to do this, utilizing a special 3-D methodology.
The time was not right, however, and they were not successful.
But with VR now becoming a much more popular topic, they relaunched at the beginning of February 2015, and managed to attain funding within 47 hours. While the team initially sought $5,000, they’ve since acquired more than $28,000, with 8 days left to go.
By utilizing historic video footage and audio from NASA, they’ve recreated what it was like to fly in the Saturn V rocket in July 1969, and plan to incorporate narration, facts and the entire mission from launch to splashdown in an educational experience.
They've secured €13,345 of their €30,000 goal with 16 days remaining.
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A device such as this allows the VR user to become more immersed in the world that they’re exploring. The example the crew provides is that of a driving simulator. With the addition of a platform, instead of feeling like one is simply sitting in a chair, the experience becomes more realistic and emulates that of an actual vehicle. If successful, they plan on publicizing their work so that others can build their own platforms.
With 11 days left to go, the project has raised $3,119, and is seeking $4,500.
The device is designed for smartphones, and it collapses for quick transportation. The user simply inserts their phone into the device and activates the appropriate VR app.
Its raised $9,023, is currently seeking $25,000 and has 13 more days.
After first designing a simple cardboard product, the tech team decided to invent a more complex, sturdy device for users.
Like the M8D, this headset is meant for smartphones to be integrated, however it is not collapsible and consists of a larger product.
Virtual Reality has clearly made its crowdfunding mark, and this is only the beginning of the year. It’s apparent that 2015 is the break-out moment for the technology. What will be next? What entertainment-related innovations will appear? And will TV metadata power any VR applications?
Author: Brian CameronFollow @FYITV
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