Kickstarter is fast becoming the place to go if you have a long shot concept that's capable of capturing the hearts and minds (and wallets) of technology fans. With five days still to go, the Ouya project, which is a $99 Android game console for the living room, has amassed more than $6.5 million, well above it's initial goal of $950,000. More recently, a virtual reality headset called Oculus Rift has managed to attract over $1.1 million in funding in just a couple of days. Yep, it appears the promise of virtual reality isn't dead.
As with the Ouya console, the Oculus Rift is supposed to be affordable, among other things.
"The Rift takes 3D gaming to the next level. There are a number of VR headsets out there, but none that deliver a truly immersive gaming experience," the Kickstarter page explains. " Most products either lack the technical features required for believable immersion or sit at a very high price-point ($20,000+) reserved for the military or scientific community. We set out to change all that with the Rift, which is designed to maximize immersion, comfort, and pure, uninhibited fun, at a price everyone can afford."
The Oculus Rift dev kit, which is subject to change, currently consists of 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) head tracking, 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal field of view, 1280x800 resolution (640x800 per eye), DVI/HDMI and USB inputs, and support for PC and mobile platforms.
You can read all the details on the concept's Kickstarter page and, if so inclined, make a pledge.