Virtual Reality is Taking Over Kickstarter


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.

One week ago, Immersis by Catopsys reached $101,249 at the conclusion of their campaign, slightly exceeding the $100,000 goal.

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.
Goodnight Lad
Goodnight Lad
In April 2014, Hidden Worlds announced a campaign to fund Goodnight Lad, an interactive reading experience that involves a book and a special app that animates the characters from the pages.

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.

Apollo 11
Apollo 11
UK-based Immersive VR Education has developed a proof-of-concept demo for Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 moon mission.

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.

VR Motion Platform
VR Motion Platform
A team of Mechanical Engineering students from the University of Maine is raising funds to construct an open-source virtual reality motion platform.

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 M8D Virtual Reality headset is an easily portable VR viewer that’s designed to be water resistant, light weight and long-lasting, unlike its cardboard competitors.

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.

I AM Cardboard, a Hong Kong, China, company initially sought $20,000 for their VR headset, and have gone on to raise more than $84,000, with 36 hours to go.

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 Cameron

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