Quantum Bakery LLC has released an iPhone case that doubles as a virtual reality viewer for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, but most importantly, one that could turn out as very competitive since itÂ makes it possible to fit a virtual reality viewer into your pocket.
The Figment VR kit, which launched on KickstarterÂ earlier this week, converts an iPhone into a virtual reality viewer withÂ a single click of a button and allows users to watch immersive content on the spot any time.
Although Figment VR is only for iPhones at the moment, the company has plans to make cases forÂ Android and Windows smartÂ phonesÂ if the current project is successful. With the sleek device, you will avoid carrying bulky cases and being tied to your desktop to enjoy the experiences.
“When you are reading the New York Times in line at the coffee shop and happen to see a link to its new immersive storytelling app, you can’t experience the stories until you get home,” the company saidÂ in its Kickstarter campaign. “And by then your mind will be elsewhere.”
Two plastic lenses are builtÂ into a sleek case that lies flat when folded. The aluminum component holding the lens pops up from the back of the case to the front of the phone screen withÂ a press of a button. After this, you can launch a virtual reality app and start enjoying a virtual reality experience by holding the phone in front of you.
The crowdfunder price isÂ $49 toÂ $59, but the retail price will be between $69 and $79 once mass production starts, inÂ early 2016.
Watch the promotional video below.
But how does it compare with other headsets? Being open-sidedÂ makes it more socially acceptable for use in public spaces and feels less claustrophobic, although it lets inÂ light from the sides for a lesser virtual reality experience than closed versions.
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