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Former Valve Employee Launches Kickstarter for VR System

Posted October 16, 2013 by Kat in News

A Kickstarter program has launched to develop a new interface that could very well be the future of virtual reality.  In something likely out of the imaginations of many, a former engineer from Valve, Jeri Ryan, along with her colleague, Rick Johnson, have teamed up and launched the campaign in the hope of developing this system.  It’s a virtual reality system called castAR.  And while only recently launched, as of this writing, it’s already made almost $360,000 of the desired $400,000, with a close date of November 14th.  Meaning not only is this a guaranteed a sure-fire hit, but that it could very likely end up with at least 2-3 times that of its intended goal.

Described on the Kickstarter campaign website, castAr is “a projected augmented reality system that displays holographic-like 3D projections right in front of you.”  As they describe it, the system was inspired in part by Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope; specifically, the scene where R2-D2 and Chewbacca engage in a game of holographic chess.  “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,” as described by the developers.

The system will be comprised of the main set of glasses, which will weigh less than 100 grams, “slightly heavier” than a pair of sunglasses that will be designed to fit comfortably over prescription a pair, as well as two key peripherals: a “Magic Wand” and an RFID Tracking Grid.  The Wand allows a user to position and use items in space, while the grid allows the user to identify objects across the surface.  Ellsworth explains that she got the idea on May of 2012 while working at Valve.  The experience allows you to “change your experience by holding your 3D world in place while you are free to move around in it.”

Source: Gamespot

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Kat aspires to be the ultimate crazy cat lady. But until that day comes, she remains faithfully committed to her PS3 and Wii, and spends far too much time online arguing about Star Trek. She can also occasionally be found posting under the pseudonym AmaltheaElanor.

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