Virtual reality is making huge strides forward. Since the introduction of the Occulus Rift setting a spark to the industry in 2012 there has been a massive surge into the world of virtual reality entertainment. Notably including the animated story Meet Henry, which will help set the stage for the future of entertainment media on its own. However, the vast majority of headsets themselves are relatively plain to look at, lacking the elaborate polish of most of today’s mainstream electronics. This is where designer Masaharu Ono steps in. Ono has created a 3D printed Virtual reality headset cover that helps to add to the aesthetics and the overall fantasy of virtual reality in general.
Ono calls the headset “Bloom”, i t is designed to work alongside smart phones such as the Samsung Gear VR headset which uses Oculus’ software to run. Unfortunately, the design is incredibly pricy, Ono is asking for nearly $10,000 for the original unit (so you may want to check out his much cheaper Takotsubo X), but it does give us an example of how 3D printing can supplement existing electronic productions in the future. While the technology behind both sides is pretty incredible, this union between two emerging products is another thrilling way in which 3D printing is helping to inspire innovation and allowing artists to achieve previously unreachable heights of design.
Thimmesch, Debra. “3D Printed Virtual Reality Headset Adds Appealing Form to High-Tech Function.” 3DPrint.com. 3D Print, 6 Aug. 2015. Web. 12 Aug. 2015.