Altergaze VR

This headset is still in development. The details of this headset might change.
PRICE (RRP in USD) $60.00
VRS RATING

The Altergaze is certainly a novel approach to the HMD project and if you own a 3D printer or know someone who does, you can get started on one straight away.

VRS Review

VRS OVERALL RATING
Recomended Not Recomended

3D printing has been on of the not-so-quiet tech revolutions that defines the second decade of this century. The idea that you a little Star Trek-like replicator machine on your desk is an intriguing one. While we can’t yet ask the machine for “Tea, Earl Gray, hot”, people have come up with some amazing and fascinating applications of the technology.

When the Google Cardboard first launched, it didn’t take very long for 3D-printed versions of this cheap DIY HMD to hit sites like Thingiverse. For the most part these are just straight-up plastic versions of the cardboard template, but some people took it as an opportunity to improve on the concept.

Not happy to just tweak the cardboard concept, the folks at Altergaze came up with something completely different and better suited to the 3D printing process.

Since 3D printers can’t make lenses or metal screws yet, the Altergaze is not completely 3D-printed.

The design of the Altergaze is a bti steampunk, with a spindly minimalist frame and eyecups to aid immersion. They look a little like a mad scientist’s goggles. That frugality of material is not an accident however. The more material you use, the longer a 3D print takes and the more expensive it becomes.

Because these goggles are each produced individually using a 3D printer, it means each one can be slightly custom too. You can print your own, altering it as you see fit or simply customize the front plate to promote a business or brand.

The really interesting thing about the Altergaze is not so much its design, but the unique “crowd manufacturing” approach it takes. 3D printer owners from across the globe can sign up to become a manufacturer and monetize their own printer.

The beauty of this is that you don’t need own a 3D printer and Altergaze don’t have to either.

The Altergaze design is open source, so there’s no reason you can’t modify it for any phone or add features to it and resell it as your own.

Altergaze have also created a suite of apps that make developing for the platform easier. The SDK is free to download and on the user side they have a novel and interesting controller app that runs on a second device. This allows you to control the action while wearing the HMD.

The Altergaze is certainly a novel approach to the HMD project and if you own a 3D printer or know someone who does, you can get started on one straight away.

SPECIFICATIONS

Display Phone Dependent
Panel size Phone Dependent
Resolution Phone Dependent
Refresh rate Phone Dependent
Field of view 110º/90º
Sensors Phone Dependent
Connections None
Audio Phone Dependent

SCORES IN DETAIL

Design
Features
Performance
Sound quality
Value