Yesterday, Netherlands-based Aryzon launched a Kickstarter campaign for its augmented reality headset.
The cardboard headset aims to bring 3D AR experiences to every smartphone for less than €30 and is described as “the Google Cardboard of AR.” The headset is able to display virtual content from the user’s smartphone screen into any environment.
The goal of Aryzon is to introduce more people to augmented reality, much like Google Cardboard facilitated many peoples’ first experiences with virtual reality.
It hopes to be an affordable alternative to pricy, high-end options like the $3,000 Microsoft Hololens.
How Aryzon works
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Uses for Aryzon include viewing 3D CAD models, educational experiences, training opportunities and pure entertainment.
Getting an Aryzon headset
Within the first day of its kickstarter, Aryzon raised more than €20,000 from 614 backers with more than a month left to go to reach its goal of €25,000.
Earlybirds can order an Aryzon headset for €24, set to ship worldwide in August, or get group pricing deals all the way up to 50 headsets for €1200. Currently, there are 288 remaining earlybird headsets available of 850.
Included in the Kickstarter packages are everything needed to make the headset, as well as access to the app (compatible with iOS and Android devices).
What’s next for Aryzon
After completing its Kickstarter campaign, Aryzon hopes to encourage AR development for everyday uses by releasing an Aryzon SDK for its pledgers.
Aryzon was born out of a university project in April 2016 and is based in Enschede, Netherlands.