Craziest Oculus ripoff yet

I’ve written before about a few low-cost Oculus Rift alternatives, which basically put a cellphone inside some kind of frame. They include the Altergaze, which just concluded a successful Kickstarter with headset prices at around $140.

(Image courtesy Altergaze.)
(Image courtesy Altergaze.)

And the vRase, which had its successful Kickstarter last fall with Kickstarter prices for the preorders starting at around $80. Final consumer prices aren’t set yet but they  “will be higher than the Kickstarter pledges price levels,” the company says.

(Image courtesy vRase.)
(Image courtesy vRase.)

And then there’s the Durovis Dive, which is already on the market for around $80.

(Image courtesy Durovis.)
(Image courtesy Durovis.)

But if you want to fund a Kickstarter for a device that is just shamelessly jumping on the Oculus Rift bandwagon — or you want a price point that’s closer to $25 — check out this Poor Man’s Virtual Reality Headset Kickstarter.

(Image courtesy Poor Man's Oculus Rift.)
(Image courtesy Poor Man’s Oculus Rift.)

Yes, you are correct. That is a desk lamp clamp attached to that woman’s baseball cap.

Here is another view of the device.

Poor Mans Oculus 2

The device can be used in other ways, as well, the inventor says.

Poor Mans Oculus 3

Not quite sure why they’re calling a simple clamp a “virtual reality headset,” but I do have to give them props for marketing!

Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is a science fiction writer who covers cybersecurity, AI and extended reality as a tech journalist at her day job.
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