PSA: It’s Time for an Affordable Augmented Reality Device
Could Polylens do for AR what Cardboard did for VR?
Oof. As stands, getting your face on a HoloLens is ‘invite only’ and will cost you an arm and a leg (that is, if your arm and leg collectively cost $3,000). The Meta 2 costs almost $1,000. Even Google Glass (RIP) is still priced at least a couple hundred bucks on eBay. For those looking to affordably experience augmented reality, the options are slim—which is why designer and developer Sabba Keynejad has created a DIY AR device, the Polylens, which costs under $30 to make.
The handmade Polylens AR device isn’t something you can whip up at home on a whim—it’ll require a trip to your local laser-cutting shop and some chemical coats to bond the parts together—but the objective is what makes this DIY HoloLens so interesting: to allow for the mainstream adoption of what is currently a pricy piece of hardware.