AuraVisor two-thirds funded after one day

(Image courtesy AuroVisor.)

(Image courtesy AuroVisor.)

UK-based AuraVisor launched a Kickstarter campaign Wednesday to raise $153,000 for a new all-in-one virtual reality headset that requires neither a PC nor a smartphone, and already raised more than $100,000.

The headset is expected to sell for around US$450, and includes an external game controller. Early backers were able to order it at a discount. Shipping is scheduled for next May.

The headset comes with a built-in 5-inch display and a built-in computer running on the Android platform and is compatible with the hundreds of Google Cardboard games already on the market.

It promises a 100-degree field of view, which is slightly wider than the Gear VR, on a part with the Oculus Rift, and less than the HTC Vive.

Does it make sense to spend $450 on a headset?

It does save you from having to have a late-model PC, and it means you won’t be tying up your phone while, say, watching movies in a virtual reality theater. On the other hand, it’s a lot of money to pay for a first-generation headset that is likely to be out of date quickly. My guess is that it will come down to the ecosystem. If the headset’s unique built-in functionality, like its virtual reality interface, or the additional buttons on the headset itself, make it particularly appealing to developers, then the device could carve out a niche for itself.

Watch a promo video about AuroVisor below.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Is it only me or do these sets look bulkier and bulkier by the week?

  • I do see two trends in headset — the minimalist and the kitchen sink. I personally much prefer the minimalist ones — the Google Tech, the Wearality, etc… I’d rather have a low-cost headset that’s super-easy to use and just has excellent lenses and a nice field of view.

    I’d rather not invest a lot of money into a bulky, hard-to-use headset that has a bunch of stuff piled into it that will all be obsolete in a few months.