Less than 48 hours after launching their Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the castAR holographic projection technology, former Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have surpassed their initial funding goal by about $12,000. The duo were seeking $400,000 in funding to refine and improve a prototype of the device they had already created. As of this writing they have managed to raise $412,531.
castAR is described by its creators as a "projected augmented reality system" that is capable of displaying "holographic-like" 3D projections. The glasses come with a "Magic Wand" and a RFID Tracking Grid. The wand allows users to position items in virtual space and control them, while the grid allows users to identify the objects (like cards or board game pieces) across the surface.
A stretch goal of $600,000 has been added. If it should be met the duo will create a fully functional "dungeon tiling tool" that will work with both the RFID Tracking Grid and the Magic Wand independently. If $800,000 is raised, a microphone will be integrated into the glasses, while earbuds will also be added.
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