A year ago we launched on Kickstarter with Vufine, the world’s first truly affordable wearable display and, thanks to our backers, had a remarkable campaign. The best part: we delivered Vufine to our 1400 backers. We believe in making our technology as simple as possible to help users take advantage of their favorite devices hands-free and at an affordable price.
Built upon the invaluable feedback from our backers, we’re back with Vufine+: the next evolution in wearable displays. Vufine+ has a larger, more versatile display and a totally redefined docking station. Like our first unit, Vufine+ is able to connect to most major smartphones, laptops, tablets, drones and cameras to provide a second monitor or mirrored display for the user. This connection is achieved through the included micro-to-full HDMI cable and, depending on the device, appropriate HDMI adaptor.
With Vufine+ we wanted to make the screen larger and more versatile. Our first campaign taught us just how many users were connecting Vufine with tablets or with smartphones displaying in portrait. With Vufine+ we made sure that no matter what device you’ve connected you are getting the largest display possible.
Vufine+ offers 3 different display modes to allow users to optimize the display no matter what device they are using. The new Zoom Mode has increased the size of portrait displays and 4:3 landscape displays by 77% and the new Fit Mode expands 16:9 landscape by 33% with the Standard Mode designed specifically for unaltered 16:9 viewing.
Fit: The new Fit Mode has increased landscape by 33%
Zoom: The new Zoom Mode has increased the size of portrait displays by 77%
Standard: Designed specifically for unaltered 16:9 viewing.
The Docking Station:
Lastly, we completely redesigned the docking station. We know a new, larger display is only as good as the ability to position it to comfort. The new docking station utilizes a ball joint and pivoting arm to allow users a whole new way to adjust Vufine+ to ensure the best, most comfortable viewing angle.
By retaining the shape of Vufine, we were able to make Vufine+ compatible with all of the current Vufine accessories so users are able to further personalize their viewing experience. The Vufine+ package includes both the new and traditional magnetic docking stations with additional accessories available to purchase when we collect backer survey information through Backer Kit after the campaign ends.
Vufine+ is available in four limited edition colors through Kickstarter. So, whether it’s simply a favorite color or a diehard team allegiance, Vufine+ is all about you.
Vufine, Inc. was founded in February 2015 by Goro Kosaka to create a simple, wearable display that utilized the functionality of current technology. Run by a small, talented group of likeminded individuals, the Vufine team is well versed in both the wearable market and myriad challenges facing a Silicon Valley hardware start-up. Since their first Kickstarter campaign the team has been hard at work improving the Vufine wearable display and are proud to come back to the community that made it all possible with Vufine+.
Risks and challenges
Considering our experience and our track record, we are very confident in our ability to deliver the best product to our backers on our current timeline. We are a different company than when we first came to Kickstarter. We know where to anticipate delays because we’ve experienced them before; we have a strong, working relationships with our manufacturer because we built the original Vufine together.
But, if there is one thing our last Kickstarter campaign taught us, it was just how many little things can go wrong when producing tech hardware - and how those seemingly little things can create costly delays.
This time we’re further along in the manufacturing and have already begun tooling for the new docking station. Additionally, by maintaining the external form factor of Vufine, we’re able to reuse tooling and drastically accelerate our production schedule.
Should we encounter any unforeseen delays, you will be the first to know. You can look through our previous campaign's updates to see just how we handled delays to our previous backers - 100% transparency is the least we can give to our backers for bringing us this far.
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