Smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) are available in droves these days, meaning anyone looking to enter the market needs features that will help their product stand out from the likes of the Gear VR and VR One. Wearality has just that with its newly revealed HMD, Wearality SKY, a low-cost device that offers a 150 degree field of view (FOV). The company behind it has this week launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign looking to raise some $100,000 USD towards production of the kit by 6th May 2015.
The Wearality SKY uses double Fresnel lens technology designed by Lockheed Martin to offer 150 degrees of viewing. For comparison, the Oculus Rift PC HMD’s FOV is at 100 degrees as does the most recent iteration of Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) HMD for PlayStation 4, Project Morpheus. The HMD itself houses a smartphone at the front as per usual, but doesn’t conceal the real world with plastic. The design supports any 5 or 6-inch phone, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, iPhone 6+ and Nexus 6. The device is foldable, allowing for portability.
Early Bird editions of the Wearality SKY are currently available for $79, though limited to 250 slots. Once these have been used up, the kit will be available for $99. Kickstarter-exclusive editions of the device are also on offer, with 75 Early Bird slots available for $129 which then rises to $199. This edition is expected to arrive in July 2015 while the original version will ship in October 2015. There’s even a $4,995 tier limited to ten backers that will allow them to partner with Wearality.
VRFocus will continue to follow Wearality, reporting back with the latest updates on the kit.