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Petal is a Virtual Reality fan. It plugs into wall power, and the USB port on your computer, and emulates whats happening on screen. Read more

Kansas City, KS Hardware
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This project's funding goal was not reached on July 11, 2014.

Petal is a Virtual Reality fan. It plugs into wall power, and the USB port on your computer, and emulates whats happening on screen.

Kansas City, KS Hardware
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Petal is the first designed for Virtual Reality Fan. It plugs into the wall, and the USB port on your computer, and syncs with the game you are playing. It can change the air speed dynamically, and also has built in "Thrust Vectoring" for directional air control. Imagine finding your way out of a dungeon by following a faint trickle of air due North, or feeling the wind in your hair as you accelerate on the racetrack! 

We have been working hard on our prototypes, and currently we have one speeding up and slowing down based on whats happening in Unity, and are working on integrating the directional air control into our code.

Our second prototype is closer to some of the features that will make it into the final build, with rudders and a beefy fan, it's scarily capable of making you think you are in a extreme environment!

We are here raising funds on Kickstarter because we believe we are the best suited to accomplish what we are aiming for. With our support of open source software, we embrace the development community, and hope they can use the code in their own projects, and find new ways of using the Petal we couldn't imagine. 

It can also be a new regular fan when you're not gaming!

Our final build commitments:

1.  5-8 inch form factor

2. X and Y axis rudder control

3. Powerful main motor

4. Drop in API's for Unity and Unreal

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Our production plan is as follows:

-fine tune software integration for Unity and Unreal 4 (Aug-Sept)

-lock down parts for final build (Sept-Oct)

-build small run for testing and analysis (Nov)

-ramp up large scale production (Dec)

-and ship final build (Jan)

We have a heavy hardware cost, but we also have to make sure to spend on software, to keep the tools at the top of their game.

There is also the potential for non Virtual Reality applications for the Petal. 

At a stretch goal of 125,000 we would add bluetooth connectivity to the Petal, and make companion IOS and Android apps.

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Risks and challenges

We have built a working prototype, but as we go further we find new details emerge, and small changes could be necessary for full scale manufacturing. We already have relationships with manufacturing centers, and are hoping to lock down the final build soon.

If we encounter delays for any reason, we will be very upfront, and try to be as open as possible about product timelines. We've tried to set a very realistic timeline, as we've seen many hardware Kickstarter projects have delays. We will work our hardest to achieve our set dates and deliver a product that both we and our backers are happy with.

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    $10 reward

    5 backers

    THANK YOU! Every contribution gets us another step closer to producing the Petal. You will receive a sincere thank you from the Petal team, and we'll keep you in the loop on our progress building out the developer SDK!

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    $15 reward

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    PETAL POSTER: A limited run poster for the Petal, which will only be produced for this Kickstarter.
    (Please add $15 for international shipping)

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    $25 reward

    1 backer

    PETAL T-SHIRT: A limited run t-shirt for the Petal, which will only be available through Kickstarter. (Please add $15 for international shipping)

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    $35 reward

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    PETAL T-SHIRT + POSTER: A limited run t-shirt and poster, only available through Kickstarter. (Please add $15 for international shipping)

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    $50 reward

    100 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: PETAL DEVELOPER KIT: You'll receive a developer kit, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also gives you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    $60 reward

    6 backers

    PETAL DEVELOPER KIT: You'll receive a developer kit, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also give you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    $90 reward

    2 backers

    PETAL DEVELOPER KIT + POSTER + T-SHIRT: You'll receive a developer kit, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also give you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! You will also get a limited run t-shirt, and poster. (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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  • You selected
    $105 reward

    5 backers

    SIGNED EARLY PETAL DEVELOPER KIT + POSTER + T-SHIRT: You'll receive a developer kit signed by the Petal team, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also give you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! You will also get a limited run t-shirt, and poster. (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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  • You selected
    $120 reward

    1 backer

    2 x PETAL DEVELOPER KITS: You'll receive two developer kits, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also give you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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  • You selected
    $170 reward

    1 backer

    3 x PETAL DEVELOPER KITS: You'll receive three developer kits, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also give you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    $270 reward

    0 backers

    5 x PETAL DEVELOPER KITS: You'll receive five developer kits, which will get any level of game developer working with the Petal immediately. This also give you full early access (Nov) to our Developer Center for our SDK, docs samples and engine integrations! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    $2,999 reward

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    MEET THE TEAM: You'll be invited to have dinner with the Petal team and its Founders in Kansas City. 2 Nights at the Hilton Hotel included (Flights not included). Well get to hang out, show you whats in our lab, and generally nerd out together. You'll of course receive a Special Edition Petal once they are available.

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Funding period

- (30 days)