Mobile VR headsets are ten a penny nowadays and we’ve even seen a few that fold up and fit in a pocket like this effort, SMARTvr, which has just landed on Indiegogo.
So why are we giving this example air time? Well, it’s made by Dodocase – the most successful third party Google Cardboard manufacturer to date. The San Francisco accessory specialist has shifted more than 500,000 cardboard VR viewers to date – that’s 10% of the 5 million total that Google says have been sold.
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Unlike Dodocase’s two existing headsets, both made of cardboard, the SMARTvr headset is plastic fantastic. It clips onto your smartphone – it supports multiple iOS and Android handsets – and folds down to fit in your pocket. Weighing less than 100g, it won’t add all that much bulk to your smartphone.
The 34mm lenses turn apps and videos into VR and the microsuede cover flips down to block out the light. It’s ‘Works with Google Cardboard’ certified, so you have an absolute wealth of mobile VR content to tap into.
$28 gets you a SMARTvr, and shipping is expected in June. We’re not really sure why Dodocase has taken to crowdfunding for its latest accessory but we suppose it makes for an easier pre-order process.
Google Cardboard devices recently landed in the Google Store for the first time. Previously, Cardboard and its accessories were only available through third parties like Dodocase.