How do I use 360specs?
1. Choose an application developed for 360specs and launch it on your tablet or smart phone.
2. Slide your mobile device into the bracket on the 360specs headset.
3. Place the goggles over your eyes, secure the strap on your head and then enjoy total immersion in a VR experience, game or 3D movie.
4. When you’re done, take off the 360specs and remove the mobile device from the bracket to use it for regular applications.
What can I do with 360specs right now?
• Place yourself in the center of the game you’re playing, using the 3D orientation sensor in your mobile device to track your gaze as you turn your head. Add a game pad to walk through the world, shoot, etc.
• Take a virtual walk-through to check out buildings from the inside--houses for sale, apartment for rent, 3D building plans, museums and more.
• Watch 3D movies and view 3D photos. (Movies and photos must have been created for stereoscopic viewing)
What will I be able to do with 360specs in the future?
Someday you’ll be able to use 360specs for augmented reality applications, to read e-books and magazines. You may also use it to run many of the applications that we typically run on personal computers. Today’s smart phones and tablets are more powerful than the PCs most of us used five years ago, and much more powerful than the computers used to create the original “Star Wars” movie. Eventually, you’ll be able to use your mobile device and 360specs to type and edit text, work with spreadsheets, draw, sculpt, create 3D models or create games.
The key is to create the right interface. We believe that 360specs will eventually provide the foundation for new interactive manipulators, which will be more natural than the keyboards, mice and touch pads we use today. Pair a small, mobile device with goggles that provide a few wider than you’d get on any desktop system, and you have the perfect combination--a full-scale productivity system that you can carry with you anywhere.
What can I not do with 360specs?
You cannot walk around while wearing 360specs. You’ll be fully immersed in virtual space, with no view at all of the “real” world. That puts you at serious risk of walking into a wall or falling down stairs if you try to go anywhere.
If you want to walk while wearing 360specs, we recommend that you stay within a small space, secured by a barrier. Or even better, use them while sitting in a swivel chair to get a full 360-degree view without risk.
Some specifications and technical details
We plan to produce the 360specs in four sizes to accommodate mobile devices with different screen sizes—less than 4 inches, 4 to 5 inches, 5 to 6 inches, and 6 to 7 inches.
You can customize 360specs to suit your individual needs: fit the glasses to your head, sharpen the view by adjusting the distance from the optical lens to the device screen, move the optical axis of the lens to suit the distance between your eyes. You can also make adjustments in your software application to make the virtual environment look more true to life.
A family sharing one pair of 360specs can adjust the goggles for use by an adult or by a child. But, of course, you might want to keep multiple pairs in the house, so there’s never any squabbling over whose turn it is to strap them on.
VR for consumers—at last
360specs were created by Ray Latypov, inventor of the Virtusphere, 10-foot hollow sphere that rotates freely in all directions, allowing a user to walk and run while wearing a head-mounted VR display. When we demonstrated the Virtusphere at trade shows, we found that most people had never had a chance to try a head-mounted display. Fifteen years ago, everyone was saying that VR would be the next big thing. But for a number of reasons--both technical and financial--that hasn’t happened. 360specs will finally make fully-immersive virtual reality available to the consumer market.
We started our work on the 360specs by
designing the optics and mechanics to work with different kinds of smart
devices, and by filing for a patent to cover the new technology. About a year
ago, we created the first hand made prototype, as a proof of concept. We used a
3D printer to create several more prototype versions.
Since then, we’ve been testing and refining
the product, improving the optics, mechanics and ergonomics to make the
360specs work well and ensure that they are easy and fun to use. We’ve
experimented with different head mounting approaches and created mechanisms
that allow users to adjust the goggles for individual use and comfort.
We’ve also worked with our manufacturer to
refine the design with production needs in mind, ensuring that we can produce a
high-quality product at an affordable price. Our next step is to start the
tooling. To move forward with manufacturing, we need help from our backers on
Kickstarter. When we complete our first manufacturing run, we’ll deliver your
360specs, and you can enjoy full immersion in the wireless virtual reality
next step is to determine where the demand will be for 360specs--which types
and sizes of mobile devices should get the highest priority. Based on that,
we’ll order the necessary injection molding tools. About eight weeks later,
we’ll be ready to start test production runs. We should be able to move to full
production by December 2013. Here’s the timeline:
September-October: Our manufacturing partner in China will work with
professional mechanical engineers and designers to complete the final
pre-production prototype. These engineers and designers have long experience in
production for the consumer market. We will then test the pre-production prototype
in the field to make sure that the product, as we’ve designed it, is usable and
• November: The factory will complete tooling for
injection molding and conduct the first tests. We are confident that we can
achieve this tooling milestone because our manufacturer has worked with major
consumer brands, both in the U.S. and in Europe, on designs that are similar to
ours, if not more challenging. Third-party manufacturing service firms that
have reviewed our timeline also assure us that our timeline is realistic.
• December: We will complete the final engineering
prototypes, as well as the final design for packaging.
• December-January: Production begins. Our manufacturer’s
large facility can produce as many as 10,000 units per week, if need be. Based
on its track record with major consumer brands, we are certain that it will do
an excellent job on our behalf.
• February-March: We will ship the product to our
How Do We Know The Project Will Succeed?
optical engineers, mechanical engineers, industrial designers and manufacturing
specialists who have advised us throughout the project are extremely
knowledgeable and good at what they do. We also have full confidence in our
contract manufacturer. We ourselves have a great deal of experience developing
Our manufacturing partner has produced toys and other consumer products for
several major U.S. brands, so we know that its work is top-quality. When the
first products come off the line, we’ll be there to check them and test their
performance, to ensure that the product we sell meets our own high standards,
Shipping Date: We developed our production timeline based on reasonable estimates for
each phase of the project, considering the capabilities and capacity of our
manufacturing partner and input from our manufacturing advisors. We’ve built in a little extra time to allow for any unexpected contingencies.
We will do everything in our power to ship on time.
No matter what, we promise to keep all of our Kickstarter backers informed and involved in the baking process!
• 360specs - immersive virtual reality at home for less then $70.
• The 360specs wearable headset will turn your smart gadget into a VR platform.
• You can use 360specs for full-immersion gaming and to watch 3D movies. They have been fully tested for these applications.
• 360specs will accommodate most smart phones and 7-inch tablets.
• Users can adjust the 360specs for comfort and to sharpen the image.
• Once we receive our funding, we’ll start production with a goal of shipping product in February 2014.
• Combine 360specs with your wireless mobile device to enjoy full immersion in the virtual reality experience.