May 5, 2014

Last weekend, three Queensland university students have won the first ever Start Up Weekend run on Queensland's Sunshine Coast University, Australia with a 3D-printed virtual reality headset.

Over 140 people gathered on friday night's event, 17 startups, more than 40 people pitched their ideas in 54 hours to a panel of 4 judges. The VR Smart View designed by the team is the winner of the event and took home over $15,000 in prizes.

VR Smart View is a lightweight and completely immersive head mountable display case that utilizes the smartphone as a mobile immersive media device. Users can slot their smart phone into the headset to enjoy 3D movies, games during a long plane or road trip or use it to check out architectural designs in complete surround 3D, without any cords. The VR Smart View is compatible with Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia and most other leading brands of smartphones.

The VR SmartView team was assembled on Startup Weekend and consists of Wilfrid Watson-Russell (Bachelor of Business & Art), Ben Lowe (Bachelor of Journalism), and Danum Harris-Lusk (Bachelor of Business Marketing & a minor in Entreprenership), Stephen Maher (owner of Metaweb a web and digital marketing company) and industrial designer, Neil Waldbaum.

Ever since Facebook announced in March 2014 its purchase of the virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR for $2bn, the virtual reality market has become extremely hot. The team presented their 3D printed prototype of VR SmartView and judges said the idea of the VR SmartView had the most commercial potential. They were also impressed by the fact that the team had secured $450 in sale and a potential multi-million dollar distribution deal during the weekend.

The VR SmartView is priced at AU$99.95.


via: Australian Woman Online


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