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  • Pocket 360: Behind the design process

    We're blown-away by the support you've been giving our Kickstarter project. We thought it would be cool to show you the design process behind one of the more popular products in the campaign, the Pocket 360. Lots of blood, sweat, and mold-release went into its creation. We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look.

    Free Pocket 360

    If you've backed our previous campaigns (XGVR or dscvr), we'll give you a free Pocket 360 when you purchase any product in the latest campaign!

    Support the project on Kickstarter

     

    The dscvr headset: where it all started

    3a5d829b-652b-4735-ac2d-aeb893d84b46 Last year we designed dscvr, a rugged and portable headset. After the Kickstarter campaign, we asked "what's next?" The answer: make a headset that's even more portable. Enter the Pocket 360.

     

    Creating the Pocket 360

    It all starts with drawings and initial 3D renders. Once the 3D models are done, prototypes are created using the CNC machine. It all starts with drawings and initial 3D renders. Once the 3D models are done, prototypes are created using the CNC machine.

     

    Machining the prototype out of a solid plastic block. Looks like a nice block of cheese. Machining the prototype out of a solid plastic block. Looks like a nice block of cheese.

     

    All the bits are assembled and fine-tuned by hand. Messy and fun! All the bits are assembled and fine-tuned by hand. Messy and fun!

     

    The prototype isn't pretty, but it gives us a good idea of what works, and how to improve the design further. The prototype isn't pretty, but it gives us a good idea of what works, and how to improve the design further.

     

    render 1 We usually go back to CAD to make necessary tweaks based on the prototype. Special attention was given to the phone clamp...

     

    ...and the pivoting front panels. ...and the pivoting front panels.

     

    Pocket Repeat the process a few more times, and you get the final (awesome!) product. We can't wait for you to get your hands on the Pocket 360!

     

    Meet the 360 family

    The Pocket 360 is part of a family of products designed to help you create, share, and experience virtual reality.

    Check them out on Kickstarter!

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  • FAQ: Six dscvr questions answered!

    1. "I want this! Wait. What is this thing again?"

    Easy, buddy. We're here to help you out. The dscvr headset is a virtual reality headset for smartphones. You run VR apps on your smartphone and use the dscvr headset to view them. The gyro of your smartphone tracks your head's movement, giving you a fully-immersive experience.

    The headset was inspired by the Cardboard V2 viewer, but with upgraded materials and features.

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    2. "You mentioned phone. How will my phone stay in place? And will (insert phone model) work with it?"

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    Your phone will be secured by a silicone flap. Silicone naturally repels dirt and has a strong, grippy surface. You're phone ain't going nowhere when it's strapped in.

    The dscvr headset will also work with lots of different iOS and Android phones; it works best with phones with four- to six-inch displays.

    3. "Interesting. Can I use these with glasses?"

    It depends on the size of your glasses. Larger frames may not fit inside the viewer, but smaller wire frames should fit. To give you an idea, here's the inner width of the viewer:

    dscvr headset measurement

    4. "What makes this unique from other VR headsets?"

    By far the coolest feature of the dscvr headset is the spring-loaded chassis. When not in use, the rear half of the body slips over the front, reducing the headset's thickness by almost half. When you're ready to use it, press both buttons to extend the chassis.

    dscvr a super portable VR kit

    5. "I saw your Kickstarter campaign. What makes the headset 'roadworthy'?"

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    Most cardboard headsets don't really travel very well; you can't just toss them into your bag before hitting the road. The dscvr headset addresses that. It's totally sturdy and ergonomic- and it even has a hard carrying case. This is the viewer for having VR adventures while you're out having real ones.  So, yeah. It's roadworthy!

    6. "Can I have a dscvr headset with (insert custom design and/or picture of pet) printed on it?" 

    If you want a custom VR headset, getting a custom V2 kit would be the easiest, most cost-effective option. Learn more by emailing cs@imcardboard.com.

  • Pop Quiz: What's Better Than a Cardboard VR Kit?

    dscvr a super portable VR kit

    Let's make a checklist.

    Compatibility with most iOS and Android phones? Check.

    An innovative, retractable chassis for ultimate portability? Check.

    A sturdy, hexagonal shape to make it easier (and cooler) to tote? Check.

    No hard edges and sharp corners? Check.

    A silicone flap that won't attract grime and dust from repeated use (and you're going to want to hold this headset a lot!)? Check.

    More possible color options to choose from (based on stretch goals)? Check.

    The dscvr headset feels as good on the hands as it does to the eyes. With the dscvr headset, taking your virtual reality adventures with you has never been easier. And the great news is, we've already met our initial Kickstarter funding goal, thanks to the overwhelming response of awesome people -- people who can recognize a good VR product when they see one!

    If you're one of them, you can back dscvr's stretch goals and influence the outcome of this innovative new product - including color options and other features! This early on, we've already gotten some exciting comments from future dscvr users, and we are tickled pink (and blue, lime green, yellow, etc.) about all of them.

    The dscvr headset is the next evolution in accessible virtual reality. More information and FAQs about it can be found at our Kickstarter campaign page.

  • Cool Wearable's Short Feature on dscvr

    Thank you to CoolWearable.com's Glass Ninja for featuring our dscvr headset!

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