Woojer’s Kickstarter Hits $1.7m, Joins Oculus Ready Program
Haptic feedback company Woojer launched its latest Kickstarter campaign back in August an to say it has been a success is an understatement. Originally aiming to hit $20,000 USD the campaign now sits at just over $1.7 million (£1.4 million GBP) with several days to go. With the Kickstarter drawing to an end, Woojer has just released a new update revealing new tweaks to Vest Edge and Strap Edge, as well as joining Oculus’ certification program.
The team has been listening to Kickstarter backer feedback on possible updates, managing to implement several in the process. In a blog posting Woojer notes: “we are not in a position to do any hardware modifications which will require major PCB (electric circuit) layout changes. But as for small tweaks, we’re doing them…”
These small improvements include a Stereo/Mono toggle for the Vest Edge whereby users will have the options to switch between mono and stereo haptics. Another Vest Edge addition is a fast-charging port, so each Vest will come with a wall charger. “This charging method will allow charging your Vest (with its 4-cell battery pack) within less than 2 hours! You’ll still be able to charge via the USB type C port or powerbanks with the provided USB-C cable (but that will take longer),” says Woojer.
For the final Tweak Woojer has added Charge & Play functionality to both Vest Edge and Strap Edge. Simply put, users will be able to use either device whilst it charges.
On top of all this Woojer has joined the Oculus Ready program to ensure that the Woojer Edge Series complies with the program’s requirements for certification. For those unaware of the program: “Oculus provides Oculus Ready certification to top manufacturers who provide a range of systems and components that are optimized for use with Oculus products. They’ve been designed, assembled, and tested with Oculus in mind, so you can be confident they’ll deliver a great VR experience.”
There’s still time to back the project, with the Woojer Strap Edge still available for an Early Bird price of $99 and the Vest Edge starting from $299 for the Early Bird. For further Woojer updates, keep reading VRFocus.