The Oculus Rift may soon be getting stiff competition from a new project launched by former Valve engineers that is asking crowd funding for the castAR, a 3D augmented and virtual reality headset.
A demonstration video posted on the product’s Kickstarter page details how the castAR works. The pair of lightweight glasses project 3D images onto reflective surfaces that in turn produce a hologram, which players can then interact with using a stick controller call the Magic Wand.
Once set, the wand can be used to control things in the augmented reality space, like shifting the position of objects. The headset also features built-in head tracking, giving players the ability to have a line of sight to whichever their head is turned. An additional piece of hardware when attached on top of the glasses completes it as a virtual reality device.
“Star Wars: Episode 4 — A New Hope sparked our imaginations of what might be possible in the future by showing R2-D2 and Chewbacca playing a holographic 3D chess-style game,” reads the campaign page. “It has taken nearly 35 years since the film was released for this technological dream to come to reality, but with castAR, that reality can be yours.”
The castAR has been in development for the past 18 months. Those interested in backing the project on Kickstarter with a pledge of $189 or higher will receive a castAR kit as their reward.
The goal is set for $400,000 and will be used to improve the hardware and make the headset for aesthetically pleasing for retail. Currently the campaign is about to hit $40,000 in funding.