An Australian high school student, Ethan Bloom, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own head-mounted display (HMD). FlatVR is a virtual reality (VR) device that would be made available via 3D printing, however its crowd-funding campaign has not been successful.
The HMD is designed to work with existing mobile VR content in a similar fashion to Google Cardboard or Altergaze. The differentiator that FlatVR promotes is that it can be taken apart and packed flat for easy portability, and quickly reassembled when needed. The HMD is compatible with a multitude of smartphone handsets and readily works with most mobile VR content available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.
The official Kickstarter page for FlatVR details the HMD’s functionality: “FlatVR works with your phone and utilizes its tilt sensors. To track your head movements. You open any VR app on your phone and place your device into FlatVR, special bifocal lenses in the device focus at a very short distance so when you put the phone in the screen is in focus giving you a crystal clear image. [sic]”
The Kickstarter campaign was originally asking for funding of $15,000 AUD, but has fallen far short of that goal at close today, raising just $460. VRFocus will keep you updated with any future developments with FlatVR, should Bloom continue to work on the project.