It seems as though most virtual reality headsets fall under two categories these days, with one of those being high-end headsets that connect to a console or computer and the other being more holders that place a phone display in front of you and use sensors for head tracking.
A Kickstarter campaign has been started, however, for a headset that is neither of those two. The AuraVisor is a headset that has an onboard computer to bring wireless virtual reality, and according to James Talbot, the creator of the headset, it's the world's first.
The computer that's built into the headset uses Android as its operating system, and it allows users to break away from cables and other devices without having to pay thousands of dollars.
Using a smartphone as a virtual reality headset is a quick solution for VR, but it isn't perfect. For example, it comes at a risk of a lack of compatibility. Not only that, but your phone does plenty of other things, and it's certainly a common scenario to have your VR session interrupted by an email or text message.
While it's important to note that the AuraVisor is actually not the world's first standalone VR headset, it is one of the first. Not only that, but it's also more gaming-focused than other standalone virtual reality headsets. The device is usable out of the box without any special knowledge about VR and how it works, and it can be used to watch 2D movies and 3D content as well.
While it can be used as a standalone device, those who want to use it with a console or computer can do that, too, through the HDMI port, allowing users to enjoy much more graphic-intensive games and content. The AuraVisor can also be used to watch the growing number of 360-degree content available on YouTube.
Those who want a headset of their own will need to pledge at least $207, which is pretty cheap compared with other VR headsets. Pledges go all the way up to $7,657, which gets the user 25 headsets along with 25 32 GB microSD cards. You can head to the Kickstarter page to buy a headset of your own.
Source: James Talbot | Kickstarter