Smartphone Case Turns Phone Into Virtual Reality Goggles

An affordable alternative to access AR technology using your mobile device.

Modern smartphones have all the computing power necessary for movies, games and even augmented reality. The only two problems – according to designer Louise Bankhead – is that smartphone screens are too small, and your hands are always preoccupied.

Her solution is a simple, but powerful one –  encase your smartphone inside a pair of goggles fitted with specially designed lenses, something that she calls vrAse.

The result, is the ability to enjoy movies on a huge 3D-Perfect screen, play totally immersive games and experience the awesome possibilities of Augmented Reality.

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Instead of having to pay a lot of money for additional hardware, and getting tied up with wires and low resolution screens, vrAse is super compact, portable, affordable, hands free use and upgradable device.

The device will be compatible with the iPhone 5, HTC One, Xperia Z, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 at launch, but expect that roster to increase over time.

While there won’t be many fully-developed apps available when the device launches, there are plans to offer demo content to show off vrAse’s AR and 3D gaming capabilities. Any movies already made for 3D can also be downloaded or streamed in Side by Side format (SBS) on the device. For movies and games that use a different format, they can supposedly be viewed on the device as well – once converted to SBS.

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There are no details about what sort of field of vision vrAse will have, and the resolution you are able to see depends on the resolution of your smartphone. But for the price, it might be worth taking a look at the Kickstarter Campaign that launches on Saturday, and aims to raise £55,000.

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