Former head of Valve’s hardware division Jeri Ellsworth and ex-graphics technology developer Rick Johnson have launched a Kickstarter campaign for augmented reality glasses called castAR.
At the time of writing the campaign has raised $234,858 of its $400,000 goal, from 961 backers and 30 days remaining. The project began while Ellsworth and Johnson were working at Valve and is designed to display “holographic-like 3D projections” in front of the user. The glasses also include “a very fast and highly precise tracking solution” which allows the user to freely move around the projections while they stay in place.
It also uses a “magic wand” controller, which has a joystick and buttons used for positioning and controlling objects. The Kickstarter says the final retail glasses are expected to weigh less than 100 grams, and also “sit easily” on the outside of prescription glasses.