Virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) currently come in two flavours. There are the cheaper entry level designs like Google Cardboard and Merge VR, or the slightly more expensive Samsung Gear VR which require smartphones. Then there are the heavy weights like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) PlayStation VR which require a powerful computer or console to work. But James Talbot the creator of the AuraVisor, sees his headset as offering an alternative solution.
The AuraVisor is billed as a head-mounted computer (HMC), where user can use the device straight out of the box without the need for any additional hardware. All thats required is a WiFi connection to download software. The devices on board computer is Android based, and has built in Bluetooth to minimise wires from headphones and controllers. The AuraVisor does have a HDMI port for those that want to enhance the content, by connecting a computer or console to enjoy more graphic intensive videogames.
Talbot is looking to raise £100,000 GBP through crowd funding on Kickstarter to fund the project and has currently raised £11,547 from 85 backers, at the time of writing. The RRP for the final product will be £300 GBP, but currently early backers can get the headset and wireless controller for £135 GBP before that reward tier closes.
VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of the AuraVisor’s Kickstarter campaign, reporting back any further updates.