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ClutchVR is a cutting-edge simulator that can change the way people learn how to drive. Using a virtual reality headset, such as the Oculus Rift, ClutchVR transports users from their living room to the driver's seat. The initial release will include 6 different driving courses, ranging from the basics, to parking, to road hazards, and more.  

Each course will have multiple customization options. The driver will be able to choose between day and night mode, automatic or manual transmission, and the amount of traffic.

Current Progress:  As of the end of February, the underlying simulation engine has been built, including the code that manages course instructions. Additionally, most of the first course has been completed, and is in an alpha phase. The project works with the Oculus Rift (or without it), and can be used with a keyboard/mouse, an XBox controller, or the Logitech G27 steering wheel peripheral. 

Schedule:  Now that the simulation engine has been built, each course will take roughly one month to complete. Additional customization work and final polish is expected to take 2-3 months - landing the release date sometime this fall. Considering my current progress, I believe this to be a feasible goal - however if unexpected issues arise, rest assured I will communicate any project delays. 

I intend to keep my overhead as low as possible. Instead of buying fancy coffee machines or state-of-the-art office furniture, I will use this money to get a better product out to you. Of the $50,000 goal, the largest portion, approximately $30,000, will be used to purchase custom-built, hi-resolution 3D assets. These will be used to make the VR experience as real as possible. Typically, fees and taxes will run around $10,000. The remaining $10k will be used for other business expenses such as user-testing and download hosting. Anything above and beyond that will allow us to implement more features, environments, different types of vehicles - there is no limit!   

Malingo Studios is a virtual-reality focused startup based out of Indianapolis, IN. The man-behind-the-scenes, Jonathan Gerber, has been a professional software developer for several years, and has designed, developed, and released well over a dozen apps. After trying on an Oculus headset for the first time, there was no going back to the 2-dimensional world - Malingo Studios would forever be a VR firm. 

If you've read this far down the page, then you deserve a big thank you just for taking the time to learn about this project. This is an exciting world we live in, and an exciting time in history, and we're honored to have this opportunity! Please feel free to leave a message, ask a question, give us feedback...we'll keep you posted on our side of things. 

Risks and challenges

There's always some inherent risks in software development - however, with the base of the project already built, the most difficult part is behind us. I have every intention to complete and release ClutchVR, regardless of whether it is funded - the funding will just help to make it a much better, more feature-rich, and more believable product. I have released over a dozen software products, and have never let obstacles hinder my passion to create. That said, the biggest risk will be time delays, and while I don't expect to have to push the project out past 2015 - if any problems arise our team will be sure to communicate them.

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