It used to be that virtual reality (VR) headsets were oft considered accessories when it came to PC or console gaming (that’s less of an issue now). Companies then trying to make additional add-ons could find it difficult to make headway in such a niche market. That was originally the case for Feelreal and its VR Mask when it held an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign in 2015. But the market has changed since then, and it certainly shows with Feelreal’s latest Kickstarter now complete, achieving seven times its initial funding goal.
VRFocus reported last month how the Feelreal campaign easily hit its $20,000 USD target within the first hour, going on to raise just over $75,000 in the course of 24 hours. With 29 days left to spare the team has managed to achieve $140,794 from 561 backers, clearly demonstrating that VR fans want to feel the wind/heat on their faces and smell the aroma of whatever VR experience they’re playing.
Thanks to the success of the campaign Feelreal has now added further videogame support including Guided Meditation VR and Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams, whilst teasing another: “Following Kickstarter success, developers of some of the best VR games and experiences have reached out to us. Sorting the legal details will take some time, but I can give you a small hint today: The next Feelreal-supported VR title has ZOMBIES in it. And a whole lot of SUNSHINE.” Sounds like a popular VR title by Vertigo Games if VRFocus isn’t mistaken.
With the Kickstarter completed Feelreal will now focus on the important work of bringing the VR Mask to all of its backers: “Right now I am making preparations for our team trip to Shenzhen to start manufacturing the Feelreal VR Mask. I will ensure the perfect quality and that the first devices would be created in time!” an update notes. Original estimates are for shipping to start in August, as long as no issues present themselves in the next few months.
The Feelreal Multisensory VR Mask is capable of generating various scents, water mist, cool/warm wind, vibration and punches, with 255 individual aromas to be made available for the mask. It’ll attach to the underside of a range of headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go.
As Feelreal continues to make progress bring ing the device to market, VRFocus will keep you updated.