Today sees the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign for another peripheral for virtual reality (VR) experiences, albeit something that’s entirely unique from what’s come before. About Face from About Face VR isn’t a new input solution of smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) but instead a liner system designed to make using the Oculus Rift HMD a more comfortable and hygienic experience. The project is currently looking for $12,000 USD to fund development and production of this unique system.
As About Face VR founder Eric Greenbaum explains, About Face is comprised of both an ergonomic, force dispersing insert and microfiber encapsulated foam liners that are placed around the user-facing side of either the Oculus Rift’s first or second development kits (DK1 or DK2). This allows the pressure created by the HMD when worn to be distributed to the most ‘robust’ areas of the user’s face, while also absorbing sweat to make for a more hygienic experience. Another version of the liner, dubbed Type H, is being developed for use with public demos.
An early bird offer of $32 will secure backers both the normal and Type H About Face liners. Once these 100 spots have been filled out $32 will net you either type instead of both. A bundle of both will also be available for $44. A $100 pledge will secure a ‘Developer Demo Pack’ containing 10 normal liners and two Type H ones. The liner is available in a range of colours and is expected to start shipping in December 2014.
VRFocus will continue to follow About Face going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the system’s progress.