This VR Lenses Lab Smashes Its Kickstarter Objectives
VR Lens Lab has been running a Kickstarter campaign for its lens connectors. These connectors allow you to add prescription lenses to your VR headset. The Kickstarter campaign was very successful and it ended up pulling in more than eight times its initial funding objectives. They begun production last month.
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As exciting as VR technology is and as magical as the experiences can be, if the user cannot see clearly, the whole experience is diminished greatly. Oculus and HTC both support glasses to an extent but neither of these headsets supplies a one fits all set up. With the varying sizes of glass frames available, some may not even fit into the HMD to begin with.
VR Lens Lab has been able to come up with a solution to this problem. They have created a lens cover that can fit over the top of the HMD lens. This lens can then be fitted with prescription lenses and consequently eliminates the need to wear glasses along with the headsets. They also offer a Plano (non-RX) glass lens defender to give an extra layer of protection against scratches. This is great because you don’t have to bother about wearing glasses to get the full experience anymore and you have protection against scratches.
VR Lens Lab has designed connectors that fits seamlessly for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Vive lens cover fits directly over the lens frames. The Rift on the other hand does not have plastic frames around its lenses so the lens covers fits over the factory lenses and is also held in place at the top and base. At this time, no one is sure how the lens covers will influence IPD modifications in the Rift.
VR Lens Lab started the Kickstarter campaign with the goal of getting 5,000 euros so that it might begin production at a reasonable cost. However, the company could not offer prescription lenses via Kickstarter so they had to either buy one lens spread with Plano lenses for $44 or two for $78. Prescription lenses would then be purchased from VR Lens Lab or other opticians afterwards. The Kickstarter campaign ended up amassing about $50k in pre-orders.
VR Lens Labs doesn’t seem perturbed by the significantly higher orders and requests they have and they have said, it will take them about a month to finalize the moulds and begin production. They hope they can deliver the frames for the financiers within 15 days of getting the last molds. The company also mentioned that the backers were asked to give prescription points of interest last May.
At this time, VR Lens Lab is not yet taking orders or request on its site. So if you missed the Kickstarter, you will have more opportunities to make your orders and requests in due time.