Having already missed out on not one but two Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns, one might think that a third attempt by Cmoar to raise money for a new smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) might be a wasted effort. The company has proven naysayers wrong this week, as it has completed its most recent campaign with some $120,249 USD raised with the help of 539 backers. The success means that Cmoar will be able to start shipping its device to those that backed the project in just a few months’ time.
“Cannot express how happy we are that our dream may come true thanks to you!” the company wrote in a Kickstarter update.
“We’re aware of the fact that this is just the beginning of the road but you can be sure that we’ll put every effort to give you the high-end product in June!”
Following its second attempt at Kickstarter success in 2014, Cmoar reintroduced a vastly improved HMD earlier in 2015. The new device functions as both an augmented reality (AR) and VR HMD that separates itself from competitors with ‘workmanship, price, simplicity of use and, most importantly, external electronics and accessories.’ It is compatible with a Cmoar Game pad motion-sensing controller and claims to support over 150 smartphones, including iPhones. Cmoar has prepped its own content to work with the device such as Cmoar Roller Coaster VR.
As stated in the above quote, Cmoar plans to start shipping kits in June 2015. It’s not yet clear when the device will become available for those that didn’t back the Kickstarter campaign. VRFocus will continue to follow Cmoar closely, reporting back with any further updates from the company.