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Expanded beta program and new backer levels


In reading your messages and comments, we have been (pleasantly) surprised by the willingness and desire of MakeVR backers to participate in the beta program. 

Based on this, we have made some significant adjustments to our development plans in order to expand the number of beta participants, and also to make it all more accessible. Today, we are introducing two new reward tiers that include beta access. 

Here are details of the new rewards:

  • $295 – MakeVR with beta access plus two-controller STEM System 
  • $95 – Software-only MakeVR with beta access 

Beta launch is scheduled for August 2014. In addition, each of the new reward tiers will include Collaborate3D (with beta access in August 2014), a limited-edition avatar, and MakeVR and Collaborate3D software updates through 2015.

We are sending this information as an update so that current backers can have an opportunity to switch reward selections as soon as possible. 

Thanks for supporting us and we appreciate your continued feedback. 


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    1. CURTROCK 8 on February 11, 2014

      @ Sixense : why not change the text in some of the copy on the main page, regarding Collaborate3D, etc... Might be confusing to new backers.

    2. NobleBrutus on February 11, 2014

      Great decision in my opinion, really good to see how responsive you are to feedback.

      Another backer increased from $1 to $95 :)

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      Yann Vernier on February 11, 2014

      This got me to raise my pledge level. I had planned on a software only collab3d for myself, but not assigned it because of the part where I had to pay extra to ship a T-shirt I didn't value that highly or *lie* about where I am - yeah, values can be funny that way. Now I'm paying more for shipping, because I added the hardware even though I already backed the stem system.

      That said, it's still not the ideal proposition from my viewpoint.
      First, I use GNU+Linux primarily, and don't have a Windows machine. Others I know - particularly those involved with media - prefer Mac. A firmer statement on what the OS plan is would be much appreciated, though I realize this may be a low priority.
      Secondly, I know of at least one organisation holding back because there's no option to place one pledge for true multiseat (i.e. not counting the two viewers). Local multiseat or simply a software license addon might help with that.

      Beyond that, I do see a place for pluggable addons to functionality in the future; things like mechanical linkages (try out your design before printing), support for laser cutters (basically flat objects out to svg, dxf or similar, could be done in a separate tool), sculpting mode, texture mapping and low-poly export, rigging and animation... each expand in a separate direction, and while there are established tools that do them, direct motion capture lends a considerable edge for animation and mechanical experiments. This class of functional expansion would be suitable as paid DLC or possibly stretch goals. It all relies on having a smooth interface, something the CAD world has been sorely missing, to stay a step ahead.

      This project is not a sure thing - but I've seen great success from worse starts, like the Parallella project. I think if anything, people are underestimating the audience for a tool like this. By my estimation we need to not just talk about it but show it; bring the videos, and be ready to answer questions.

    4. Bitstream on February 11, 2014

      Wow... You fixed ALL problems at once!

      So please create some addons for an extra T-Shirt or an addon to upgrade to a full STEM System now.

      You significantly lowered the price while giving us much more at the same time - i think i'm not the only one that would pledge for some addons.

    5. Ramy Loaiza on February 10, 2014

      Thanks Sixsense!!!!! Looking forward to be really helpful at beta!!!!

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      Chris Cypher on February 10, 2014

      I'm glad to see these changes! Much more enticing price (which will hopefully push more STEMs as well, yeah?) and I'm especially glad to see beta for all backers! I also appreciate the update #3 video and would love to see more of that type of stuff.

      So...I'm not going to change my pledge to the lower updated amount unless I see the goal is well achieved because I still want the drive the succeed.

    7. Nick Thompson on February 10, 2014

      Good move. Backed at $95!

    8. Bob O`Bob on February 10, 2014

      Thank you!

      But, before I decrease my pledge, I'd like to repeat the suggestion for a level with the "full" STEM system. I seem to have the budget for it now.

    9. Osman EL-BABA
      on February 10, 2014

      Great changes ... Thank you ... bold move Sixense

    10. Mitch Gurowitz on February 10, 2014

      A more reasonable price with earlier hardware and software access? I'll be glad to help with the beta. Thanks guys, I can't wait!

    11. Sixense 2-time creator on February 10, 2014

      @Bob O'Brien: That's correct.

    12. Bob O`Bob on February 10, 2014

      I'm presently a backer at the 499 level. In fact I'm confident I was /the/ first at that level.

      I'm a little bit confused here.
      So ... basically, you're offering me $204 back *and* beta access?

    13. Richard Fleming on February 10, 2014

      Terrific job of not just listening to backers but taking what is said seriously and acting on it.
      Great work!

    14. CURTROCK 8 on February 10, 2014

      One word : YES !

      Sixense, you ROCK!