Today, Norwegian-based technology start-up Ludenso (formerly MovieMask) announced that their augmented reality (AR) package for mobile devices — MagiMask and its tracking system — achieved its Kickstarter goal of $24K USD in less than 24 hours. MagiMask, which has been quietly in development for two years and is now available to pre-order for $99 USD, will ship in Q1 2019.
Ludenso plans to alter the way people around the globe engage and interact with the world through MagiMask, the first consumer- and developer-friendly AR head-mounted display that is easy-to-use and supports AR capable smartphones, from as large as Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Apple’s iPhone Xs Max. MagiMask works with AR content found on iTunes App Store and Google Play. Developers and content creators can use MagiMask and its tracking system to create new content.
MagiMask HMD has a flexible, soft fabric design that is in part based on their previous product MovieMask, which won a Red Dot Award for outstanding design alongside Google Daydream. MagiMask offers developers, content creators and tech enthusiasts a unique single lens approach, which unlike all other mobile-driven stereoscopic headsets, allows the user to view the full size of the smartphone screen, compensating for both accommodation (normal stereoscopic) and convergence. Because of this, MagiMask delivers around 400% higher resolution as stereoscopic devices and at the same time being compatible with normal full-screen apps.
MagiMask comes with an optimized tracking system is made up of MagiTile, MagiKard, and MagiDice, which will allow users to explore, create and learn in new ways, and will enable developers to create innovative new software, games, and applications. The MagiTile, MagiKard, and MagiDice provide developers with AR-optimized surface tracking that makes navigation possible (turning, action-triggers, etc).
MagiMask is available now to pre-order via Kickstarter (URL) and will ship in Q1 2019.