As virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts will already know, there are far more VR head-mounted displays (HMD) currently in development other than the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus. Earlier this month Samsung made a huge impression on the scene with its Gear VR smartphone-based HMD while others have either quietly released or seen successful Kickstarter campaigns. Vrvana hopes to launch join the latter category over the coming weeks as it launches a Kickstarter campaign for its Totem HMD later this week.
The Totem will start a crowd-funding campaign on 16th September 2014. It’s not yet clear how much Vrvana hopes to raise or just how long the campaign will run for. The HMD itself is compatible with not just PC but also the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Like the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2), the device features a 1080p OLED panel with a 90 degree field of view (FOV). Connectivity includes HDMI input, allowing users to easily hook the device up to consoles.
“We’re almost at the finish line with our product development but we’ve still got a way to go – that’s where Kickstarter comes in,” the company’s Christa Fairchild said in a project update. “We’ve been working hard with our marketing efforts and demo-ing with various journalists so I am confident the crowdfunding project will be a success.
“But crowdfunding is all about individuals and we need your support. Help us get our Totem out there; into the hands of people like you, innovators and developers, who will create amazing content I promise will transform you.”
Will the Totem prove to be a success? ANTVR certainly won backers over earlier in the year with its own console compatible HMD, perhaps the same could happen here. VRFocus will continue to follow both Vrvana and the Totem going forward, reporting back with any further updates on their development.