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SEK 20,999 pledged of $49,522 goal
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About

This is like suround sound for your senses, to create a complete and highly realistic VR experience - A. Printz

We are designing and manufacturing a VR device that determines the exact moment and strength of the airflow and directs it on the user, depending on what is happening in the game, movie, or other piece of entertainment. Experience takeoffs, landings, falls, weather, explosions, and any other situation that creates air fluctuations. VirWind captures them all and fully immerses you in the experience!

VirWind can be used not only with virtual reality headsets, but also with Playstation and Xbox consoles. With VirWind, you will play in a new way, feeling the environment of the virtual world.

1. Our goal

We want you to achieve a new VR experience, fully immersing yourself in the virtual world. There are a lot of VR gadgets, but none offers what VirWind does! 

2. Story

It all started with the purchase of virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. After using this incredible device, we were struck by its visual effects and recognized the promising future of VR technology. Then we created an attraction where everyone can try a virtual reality experience.

Our attraction at a trade center
Our attraction at a trade center

 ...Life was almost quiet, until one player, taking off his Oculus after playing the game Roller Coaster, said: 'If I could feel the wind, the game would be much more realistic!'

I thought, “Why not create a special gadget that determines the precise timing, direction, and power of the airflow, depending on the action taking place in the game?” I shared my thoughts with my colleague at sphere of virtual and augmented reality technologies, head of "Altech" LTd,  Sergey. He fully supported the idea, and we started project VirWind.  

 -Denis Lipanov.

idea
idea

At first, we invited our colleagues and friends to join our team. When a team of passionate professionals was ready, we launched VirWind and kept on developing it for six months.

3. Challenges

The idea, which seemed simple at first glance, required a detailed engineering study. We discarded several schematics before choosing the most promising one. The challenges included finding fans that were powerful enough and developing a lighter and smaller design, but our team is successfully solving every issue one at a time.
 

Today, we still have some unsolved tasks:   

-How to organize mass production 

-How to synchronize with gaming consoles and other devices

You can help us! We’ve invested a lot in VirWind, and now we need funds to create a ready-to-market device that solves the issues listed above.

4. What we have achieved so far

At present, we’ve designed and manufactured a prototype version of VirWind, but we are still discussing its final design. We need your opinion!

Actual design (Photo of manufactured prototype)
Actual design (Photo of manufactured prototype)

Currently, our team is working on software development at a lab in Saint Petersburg, while our designers are trying to find the best design solutions. 

lab in Saint Petersburg
lab in Saint Petersburg

5. Technical specifications:

  • Controller: 1 unit
  • Columns: 4 units
  • Height: 1.8m
  • Weight: ~8.7kg
  • Fans: 16 units, ~18,000 rpm
  • Effective distance: ~ 1.5m
  • Inputs: USB 2.0/3.0
  • U= 220 V

VirWind is the first VR project aimed at creating an extra VR dimension by surrounding the user with airflows that authentically mimic the in-game situation.

6.Management

We feel confident that our device will be useful for gamers and media enthusiasts around the world who want to dive into virtual reality with VR headsets and other VR technologies. Our team consists of well-educated specialists from Stockholm, Saint Petersburg, and Florence. Software developers, project managers, designers—we are all fond of new VR technologies, wishing to make a personal contribution to the future of virtual reality!  

Creators
Creators

Denis Lipanov                                                   Sergey Tkachenko

 Chief Executive Officer                                Chief Financial Officer

We need funding to finish and to calibrate software and hardware, and to start mass production of VirWind. 

We highly value your support!

Risks and challenges

When VirWind is successfully funded, we will do our very best to launch another highly interesting VR device (without any delays to VirWind).

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    Pledge SEK 50 or more About $6

    VIRWIND SUPPORTER: we appreciate any support you can offer!
    You’ll receive a sincere thank-you from the VirWind team, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on the development progress. With your help, we are closer to share this new VR experience with the world!

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    VIRWIND POSTER: A limited-edition poster for VirWind, available only via Kickstarter. FREE shipping!

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    Pledge SEK 590 or more About $69

    SIGNED VIRWIND T-SHIRT + POSTER: The limited edition T-shirt and poster, both signed by the entire VirWind team and by Katya T. FREE shipping!

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    Pledge SEK 1,100 or more About $129

    EARLY VIRWIND SET WITH TWO FRONT COLUMNS! First 150 backers get the VirWind VR set with front columns. Limited quantity—only 150 sets are currently available. (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    Pledge SEK 1,920 or more About $226

    EARLY VIRWIND SET. First 150 backers get the VirWind VR set. Limited quantity—only 150 sets are currently available. (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    Pledge SEK 2,990 or more About $351

    EARLY VIRWIND SET. First 100 backers get the VirWind VR set. (Four columns).Limited quantity—only 200 sets are currently available. Signed T-shirt and poster included! FREE shipping!

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    SPECIAL KICKSTARTER OFFER WITH NO LIMITS. You get the VirWind VR set. Four columns. Poster included! (Please add $30 for international shipping)

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    ONE SET OF EARLY VIRWIND +SPECIAL OFFER for the best friends of the project. First 10 backers are invited to Stockholm (Sweden), to Saint Petersburg (Russia), or to Florence (Italy) for 5 days with one of VirWind top managers as a guide and a special program. Signed T-shirt and poster included!

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Funding period

- (31 days)