For the most part the virtual reality (VR) headset market has been divided into two sections: the low-cost option of mobile VR systems such as the Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR and high-end PC-based systems such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. This Kickstarter project called the Exchimp is aiming to provide a mid-range option.
The Exchimp is an all-in-one VR headset system, powered by an Intel Atom x5 processor with 32GB of internal memory and a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The team behind the product claim that the device is ultra lightweight at only 389 grams, with a battery life of more than seven hours. There will also be pre-installed software an experiences available on the device so it can be used straight out of the box.
The funding tiers still available range from €229 (EUR) for a single Exchimp AI1 headset, including upgrades from stretch goals, through to the Enterprise Bundle at €2,399 which rewards the backer with ten Exchimp headsets, a funding tier aimed as businesses and educational centres such as schools and collages.
The original funding goal was for €37,500, a goal which has been far exceeded as the current total as of writing was €72,948 with 33 days still to go. Several stretch goals have been set out, with the funding already having reached the first two stretch goals of the addition of an extra 16GB of memory to bring the total to 32GB, and the second added ten pre-installed 360-degree videos. The team behind the project anticipate delivery of the completed project in September 2017.
Further information is available on the official Kickstarter page.
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