Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 11, 2015
The SEER is a VR headset that provides much better visibility than Google Glass, Meta 1, and even Air Force fighter pilot helmets - it's capable of providing a horizontal field of vision that exceeds 100 degrees. Furthermore, the SEER's far less expensive than "propriety" headsets such as the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR.
This is because Caputer Labs Inc, the company behind the SEER, designed it to use open source software, and allow third party smartphones to be inserted and used in order to bring down the unit cost. This is not a unique approach. LG now offers a VR headset that has been designed to allow a smartphone to be inserted, but it only works with the G3. Also, Google have invented an ingenious DIY solution (guidelines are available online) that can be fabricated from cardboard and a rubber band!
Although, like the failed experiment that was Google Glass, you can wear SEER in public (it can be controlled via gesture), the headset is clearly more at home, at home! However, there will certainly be many industrial and business applications for this technology.
With 20 days to go, Caputer Labs Inc have yet to meet their funding target on Kickstarter. If you'd like to see this campaign succeed, you can pre-order a SEER for $99 (£65) with the early bird discount, or $119 (£78), without. It is available in either white or black. Estimated shipping date is Sept 2015 and international shipping will be offered.
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