In December 2018 VRFocus reported on Feelreal Inc. planning another stab at Kickstarter success for its virtual reality (VR) headset addon which aims to stimulate the senses through aroma, wind, and water vapour. Today, the company has officially announced that the crowd-funding campaign for the Feelreal Multisensory VR Mask will be taking place this month.
The whole point of the Feelreal Mask is to make VR experiences even more immersive, capable of generating various scents, water mist, cool/warm wind, vibration and punches. The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign will begin next Tuesday 9th April 2019, at 11 am EST, with early backers able to make use of a limited time offer. The normal retail price of the Feelreal Mask will be $299 USD, but on the first day of the campaign, Feelreal Inc. will be offering a 33% discount, reducing the cost to $199 whilst including 10 basic scents. You can receive a launch invite by registering your details here.
There are five versions of the Feelreal Mask, designed to fit Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go, all costing the same price. As for the scents, the company teamed up with acclaimed perfumer, Olfactologist, and perfume critic Bogdan Zubchenko to create 255 individual aromas for the mask. This can be purchased individually when the store goes live for $4.99 each, or in various packs like the Skyrim VR Aroma Set, Beat Saber Aroma Set, Death Horizon Aroma Set or Aromatherapy Aroma Set for $49.99.
“We have worked extremely hard for several years to prepare this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing. To make Feelreal a reality we went through many tests and iterations. Now we feel extremely proud that we finally have the opportunity to break the boundaries of what was thought possible and introduce new dimensions to our favourite medium. We are focused and determined to get every little detail right,” says Gary Mostovoy, President and CEO of Feelreal, Inc. in a statement.
The Feelreal Mask connects to the headset via Bluetooth and already supports a number of videogames, with developers able to use the Feelreal SDK to add support to their projects. Plus there is a Feelreal Dreams app for additional experience created in-house or by independent creators. The mask can even be used without a VR headset as an aromatheraphy device.
Feelreal Inc. has yet to confirm when the mask will start shipping. Once the Kickstarter does go live, VRFocus will bring you further details.