Much like their previous Gear VR lens campaign, VR Lens Lab has created a unique holder that slips over the headset’s optics so you can go glasses-free. For many bespectacled VR enthusiasts, this would mean never having to risk another scratch on their glasses or headset lenses, and never again having to cram their precious frames into the headset, which depending on your face shape and frame design can cause tension points.
Offering two different models fitting the newly released consumer HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the new prescription lens holders will be able to accommodate prescriptions ranging from +6.0 to -6.0 dpt, which can be obtained after the Kickstarter campaign is over directly from Gauss Eyewear for €49 ($56 USD). Higher prescriptions and corrections for conditions such as astigmatism are also possible upon request along with a number of special coatings.
If you prefer to source your lenses from a local optician however, VR Lens Lab is offering the adapters themselves without prescription lens for €19/$22, and a model with non-prescription plano lenses that act as a dust and scratches protector for €39/$45). Both styles of adapter use tension to fit snugly inside their respective models, so you can easily pop them out at any time.
“Ergonomics and comfort are essential for truly enjoying virtual reality experiences and our goal is to offer hassle-free, affordable eyewear solutions for all major virtual reality headsets now, and in the future. Six out of ten people in the developed world wear glasses, that’s why we believe our glasses for VR headsets can benefit many VR enthusiasts who want the best VR experiences possible today,” said Pit Marx, Co-Founder of Gauss Eyewear.
Accompanying Pit Marx is Jay Uhdinger, VR Cover’s director of business development, the company behind an extensive line of hygienic slip-on covers that fit the gamut of consumer VR headsets. Provided the team reaches their €5,000/$5700 funding goal, they plan to begin shipping their first adapters worldwide in early June 2016
Disclosure: VR Cover founder Jay Uhdinger is part of the VR Lens Lab Kickstarter. Last year I received a VR Cover for review on my personal blog.