Swedish startup Moggles launches Indiegogo campaign to fund production of smartphone-based VR headset

mogglesWhereas Oculus Rift, Sony, and others have been hard at work developing bulky virtual reality gaming systems, there are many other options that are available now. With smartphone technology at its current stage, creating a 3-D headset now requires little more than constructing a device to hold the phone and a couple of lens. Swedish startup Moggles plans to do just that, creating a headset and remote to provide the full 3-D experience.

The device, which works with phones (Android or iOS) up to 5.5 inches, includes sensors that, coupled with the remote, allow it to track the motion of the user’s head and operate as a full VR device. The remote also uses motion-tracking sensors, which allows it to be wielded as a sword or other controller. The headset designed by Moggle is portable, allowing users to keep the unit and remote within a soft case. It is typically polite to avoid disturbing people nearby when playing smartphone games, which is why this headset also includes holes for connecting earphones or a charger.The company tells me that the entire package should be available for $149. Backers can expect to receive the device in September, but full production is not expected to begin until next year. To fund the project, the startup is . The campaign has only recently started, but they have picked up more than $10,000 from 82 funders. They have opted for a fixed-funding campaign, however, which could present an issue if they do not reach their goal of $60,000 within the next 23 days. Although the company was coy about their plan if they fail to hit the target, they say that they had discussions with potential investors. It will interesting to see how this plays out.

The company tells me that the entire package should be available for $149. Backers can expect to receive the device in September, but full production is not expected to begin until next year. To fund the project, the startup is running an Indiegogo campaign. The campaign has only recently started, but they have picked up more than $10,000 from 82 funders. They have opted for a fixed-funding campaign, however, which could present an issue if they do not reach their goal of $60,000 within the next 23 days. Although the company was coy about their plan if they fail to hit the target, they say that they had discussions with potential investors. It will interesting to see how this plays out.

Within the past couple of years, a couple of competitors have entered this market. If durability is not a huge priority, it is possible to pick up a pre-assembled, cardboard VR headset from manufacturers like Unofficial Cardboard, Knox Labs, I Am Cardboard, and Dodo Labs. Prices vary, but, despite the cheap materials, the devices run from $15 and up. That device retails for The device is quite simple, made of nothing but cardboard, velcro, and a pair of lens. And then there is the Viewbox, a neophane-based headset put out by Swedish startup Evomade. As we previously wrote, that startup pulled in just over $33,000 for its device, which retails for roughly $37.

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