Samsung’s Gear VR might be in the spotlight following its launch earlier this week, but that isn’t stopping others from revealing their own unique smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD). New company evomade, consisting of freelance designer Simon Josefsson has recently revealed his own interesting addition to the market in Viewbox. Rather than a simple, plastic VR HMD to accommodate most smartphones, Viewbox takes several twists, resulting in a product that, at the very least, looks different to the many HMDs that have come before.
Viewbox is a foldable VR HMD. However, instead of doubling as an iPhone 6 case like Pin? VR, this HMD is made out of neoprene allowing users to fold it into a small package before transporting it. When folded the kit measures in at 155 x 135 x 40 mm. The result is a HMD that is designed to be more comfortable than other offerings, placing most of the weight on the user’s forehead. The device supports all smartphones between 4 and 5.7 inches in size and utilises evomade’s Ingot, a cheap, printable input device that can be tracked by a smartphone’s camera for effective VR input.
A Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign is being planned for Viewbox, although it was recently delayed due to the lengthy set up process. It’s not clear just how much evomade will be looking to raise with this campaign or when the device itself might start shipping. Those interested can head to the website to sign up for an alert for when this Kickstarter campaign has gone live. The HMD will support a range of already available VR apps on the Android operating system (OS) just as Slender VR, Shadowgun VR and VR Moonwalk.
VRFocus will continue to follow Viewbox, reporting back with any further updates on the kit’s progress.