Kickstarter has a new record holder - Virtue One XR mixed reality glasses


The opportunity to get an analogue of a 120-inch monitor in the form of ordinary sunglasses was very intriguing to the potential audience. Startup Virtue One XR needed only $20,000 in initial investment, but Kickstarter users transferred it as much as $2.5 million. This is much more than Oculus Rift, which is its direct competitor, received.


Virtue One XR glasses use "mixed reality" technology - a combination of virtual and augmented reality. They project a 120-inch 1080p display with a refresh rate of 60 frames per second in front of the user's eyes. With a special neckband that has a built-in communication module, you can run streaming services and gaming applications like GeForce Now on the glasses.


The developers say that gamers can install Steam Link on their goggles to access their entire Steam library, or download apps like Moonlight (Nvidia) or AMD Link to access their PC games on this device. Without a rim, the glasses still function as a portable display, with USB-C gadgets with video output and power supply. These are, for example, the Steam Deck console and individual models of smartphones and laptops.


With the Mobile Dock, you can directly connect to the Nintendo Switch glasses and HDMI-enabled devices such as PCs, set-top boxes, game consoles, etc. The glasses have a built-in speaker, a polarizing film for light control, and people with visual impairments. The gadget weighs 77 grams, another 170 grams weighs the neckband. The glasses start at $429 and will go on sale in November this year.