Wearality SKY Is A Pair Of VR Glasses That Fit In Your Pocket
At first glance, the Wearality SKY seems like a dorky, usual-looking pair of glasses attached to a smartphone clamp. But it does more than meets the eye.
With an open design, the Wearality SKY takes wearable VR to a whole new level. It lets the user to experience virtual content on any supported smartphone with an astonishing field of view of up to 150 degrees, even exceeding those of Google Cardboard and its third-party contraptions. It is aptly named “SKY” – having an open design means the user can maintain his awareness of the surroundings, while simultaneously being engaged in virtual reality. This is in contrast to the traditional enclosed, boxy design of existing VR headsets on the market that doesn’t let any ambient light in, which contributes to a sense of immersion and focus on whatever virtual content is being rendered.
Even with the openness of the Wearality SKY, it claims to give immersive VR experiences on any smartphone. Thanks to a pair of Fresnel lenses, the Wearality SKY attained its thin and compact form factor while still delivering stereoscopic imagery. The Lockheed Martin-designed lenses also enables the VR glasses to have a wide field of view (FOV) of 150 degrees. Wearality claims that the VR glasses have the widest FOV of any wearable VR headset to date compared to others of its class, but it’s a bit vague since there are some notable VR headsets out there that have even wider FOVs, such as the VR Union Claire that is capable of a 170-degree FOV.
The Wearality SKY is made to cater to most modern smartphones capable of rendering VR content. Its chassis fits smartphones with screen sizes of 5 to 6 inches diagonally; popular smartphones that work with the SKY include the iPhone 6 Plus, Google Nexus 6, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Wearality also offers development support for game rendering engines including Unreal, Unigine, and Unity – enabling third-party developers to create VR experiences for the Wearality SKY that are powered with these game engines.
Wearality is currently seeking funding support for the SKY in their Kickstarter page, and has a funding goal of US$ 100,000. As of this writing, it has garnered about US$ 35,000 from 370 supporters. Early bird supporters can avail of a $49 kit, and will have a retail price tag of $69 once successfully funded.
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