Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns achieving their funding goals rather rapidly isn’t that unusual, even when the amount is quite high. The latest to do so is augmented reality (AR) manufacturer Rokid, which launched a campaign today for its latest Rokid Air glasses, hitting its $20,000 USD goal in under an hour.
Looking very similar to the Rokid Vision 2 design unveiled during CES 2021 back in January, the Rokid Air is going to be the company’s first proper attempt to break into the consumer market with a sub-$500 device. Packing a 4K display which provides a 120” virtual screen, the Rokid Air features built-in voice control, mic and speaker, and adjustable focus. All weighing in at a lightweight 90g.
Just like other AR glasses in this field, the Rokid Air tethers into a smartphone so you can use apps, play videogames, and watch movies on that big virtual screen. Because of the cable, there’s no battery to charge, hence why the weight is so low. One of the more unique features is its adjustable focus, allowing nearsighted users (myopia of -5.00 D or less) to use the headset without their glasses or contact lenses.
Unlike the more advanced Rokid Vision 2 or some other rivals, the Rokid Air doesn’t feature any tracking capabilities such as being able to tell where you are in a physical space or detecting your hands. It’s all about replicating what’s on your phone, making it bigger and easier to read and work with on a daily basis.
“Nothing beats taking games and movies from the small screens of mobile devices to an ultra-high-definition massive virtual screen. Our latest 4K AR glasses give users a lightweight, portable, and private personal cinema experience that is unparalleled. The images are simply stunning. However, with Rokid Air, we went one step further, empowering the glasses with AI-driven voice recognition that lets users take control while staying hands-free. Now, the 4K big screen experience is more convenient than ever,” said Zhu Mingming, CEO of Rokid in a statement.
$20,000 isn’t exactly a lot for a hardware Kickstarter with Rokid using it more for promotion than anything else. Hence why there are some Early Bird deals to be had if you’re interested and quick. The Rokid Air will normally sell for $499 but at the moment there’s a Super Early Bird for $319. Not quick enough? There’s always the $339 Early Bird which has a much bigger inventory allocation. Currently, the estimated delivery should take place in November 2021.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Rokid and its latest AR devices, reporting back with further updates.