Maybe it is because it is the first taste of real wearable technology we are going to get, maybe it is because the Oculus Rift team is an example of extremely successful and practical, forward thinking “making”: for these, and probably many other reasons, some of the items that people put the most passion for 3D printing into are virtual (and augmented) reality visors.
We have told you about 3D printed Google Glass clips and even about a Lego “FaBrickated” virtual reality visor, now we are going to tell you about a new Kickstarter project “Altergaze”. The idea is simple: a fully 3D printed visor that will create up to a 110° field of view at high resolution (1136 x 640 on iPhone and 1920 x 1080 on Samsung S4). It will have “head tracking” to 6 degrees of freedom and will be easy to carry around (15.8 cm x 8.2 cm x 7.2 cm).
What is perhaps even more amazing about this project, however, is the way that — if successful — it will pave the way to a new product development, design and distribution paradigm based on 3D printing and mini local factories. … (Read more)