Virtual Reality

AirVR turns iOS devices into virtual reality headsets

The AirVR headset combines with iOS devices to deliver a virtual reality experience
The AirVR headset combines with iOS devices to deliver a virtual reality experience
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In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
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In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
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The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
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The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
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In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
The device is compatible with the iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina and iPhone 6+
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The device is compatible with the iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina and iPhone 6+
The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
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The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
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In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
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In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
The iPad's ports can still be accessed while using the AirVR
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The iPad's ports can still be accessed while using the AirVR
In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
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In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps
The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
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The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
The AirVR headset combines with iOS devices to deliver a virtual reality experience
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The AirVR headset combines with iOS devices to deliver a virtual reality experience

The team behind the Oculus Rift may be in no rush to unleash its set of futuristic goggles, but that hasn't stopped a flurry of like-minded parties tossing their virtual reality headsets into the ring. The Toronto-based design studio Metatecture is the latest to get on board, developing a headset called AirVR that is designed to work with the latest iOS devices and offer a low-cost virtual reality experience.

In a similar vein to Samsung's GearVR, which we demoed earlier this month, the AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity. The device is compatible with the iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina and iPhone 6+, but the developers say the performance and display quality of the iPad Mini Retina was what inspired them to bring their vision for mobile virtual reality to life.

In terms of content, the company has developed some basic apps, such as PhotoVR, which uses the onboard camera to take snaps within a virtual reality, and PanoramaVR, which enables the user to explore panoramic photographs.

The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity
The AirVR headset houses your mobile device inside, with two aspheric lenses to enable focus on the screen at close proximity

It is also pushing its open source software kit to get developers involved and help fulfill AirVR's potential, with the device designed in such a way that the iPad's ports can still be accessed, allowing for use with peripherals like game controllers and headphones.

Metatecture is adding the finishing touches to its virtual reality headset, with the team still to settle on the final lens type, even considering shipping the device with multiple lenses. It has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for production, where pledges of CAD$49 (US$45) will have one sent your way in December if everything goes to plan.

Source: AirVR

12 comments
Daishi
The photos are hilarious.
EddieG
Oh no, not another way to make asses of ourselves.
JPAR
Isn't this going to be uber bad for your eyes....!?!?
dporteraustin
And it looks great to boot!
Rann Xeroxx
Wow, people seem to be so terrified of looking like a "dork". Why do you care what other people think? Must think trans-gender people are hilarious.
Maverick62
This looks like a trick you would play on the dumb, gullible kid in class. "Hey Larry, let's duct tape your iPad to your head and you can watch videos, walk around and do other things at the same time."
BigGoofyGuy
I think it is a cool way to make oneself look nerdy. :)
pickypilot
Google Glass for the financially challenged?
Dave Andrews
WOW, do those people look stupid!
John Banister
This thing needs to come with a back cover over the device that has a picture of two large eyes that have little cameras in the centers. People may instinctively avoid touching something that looks like eyes, but the temptation to strike that shiny apple logo with an open palm is going to be excessive.