In 2013, we brought the story of how two Valve engineers walked away with the company's augmented reality glasses. In 2017, long after they blew past their Kickstarter goal, they wound up dead.
But now, more than six years later, inventor Jeri Ellsworth is trying the same idea again – a pair of lightweight AR glasses that project their light onto a reflective board, letting you play 3D board games video games and interactive Dungeons & Dragons that 1945 seem seem seem inside inside inside inside inside inside inside – inside – of – of. Tilt Five is launching on Kickstarter today with kits starting at $ 299.
It's still as intriguing and limiting as it originally was in 2013. On the plus side, they've got a 110-degree field of view , versus any AR headset on the market today. These virtual objects should always be in focus, unlike with many headset, and you can really block your vision of them with a hand.
That's because they do not need fancy waveguides and micro-mirrors to direct their light to your eyes like, say, a Microsoft HoloLens. Instead, they have tiny HD projectors that fire against a retroreflective surface, and – the same way a stop sign catches your car's headlights – that light bounces back to you, where the glasses filter into stereo 3D images.
And Ellsworth's latest glasses no longer look like a heavy, hot mess of glue and chips – the company's polished prototypes, which have recently been released at PAX West, are down to just 90 grams in weight, similar to those from Chinese startup Nreal and about 2-3 times the weight of a pair of Ray-Bans. That's because the glasses do not include processing power – you'll plug them into a phone, tablet or PC using a USB cable.
The catch is still that you'll need to use the included, retroflective game board, which could easily limit where and when you'll dungeon crawling adventures that seem like a slam dunk for the system.
I Diablo Divinity they've ever laid eyes on. But with support for Dungeons & Dragons (and other pen-and-paper RPGs) fantasy Grounds, perhaps diehard RPG fans wants to get off the ground this time around.
The dungeon master feature, above, looks especially cool.
But keep in mind that the past few years have not been AR headset companies (see links below), and it's not clear this one will be the winner and most of them are planning to play games on board, especially with big companies like Apple and Facebook. $ 299 lot more at Tilt Five's Kickstarter page the game board's kickstand for other kinds of games, and lake footage shot through the lens of the glasses themselves. You do not want to see stereo 3D that way, but it's more proof that the basic idea works.