ViveNchill, the intriguing new bolt-on dual-fan cooling solution for the HTC Vive, has begun its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
We wrote recently about a new prototype solution to alleviate “sweaty VR face” syndrome and, as promised, we’re letting you know that the crowdfunding campaign for the system has gone live via IndieGogo (the originally stated Kickstarter campaign has hit some delays apparently).
VivenChill uses a dual fan coling system that, instead of venting hot air from the inside of the HTC Vive headset, blows air over the top of the user’s head. The idea is that the solution dissipates heat from bloody circulating around the rest of your face and, in theory, alleviating sweaty faces and foggy lenses whilst you’re immersed.
I wrote at the time that I was a little sceptical, but the team at RedRotor behind ViveNchill are adamant that the final solution was born from “extensive testing” and that the entirely external design avoids dry eyes and poor air flow of their earlier vented prototypes. The new campaign page cites some studies which highlight blood circulation whilst the body exercises and “directing air at and over this crucial part of the body, the ViveNchill helps reduce your overall temperature.”
We can’t vouch for this in any way unfortunately, as we’re yet to arrange a review unit (we’re working on this) but given the early bird prices for a single unit are being offered via IndieGogo for $20 plus shipping, there are probably quite a few people out there willing to give it a shot.
Let us know if you’re thinking of backing the project and we’ll let you know when we get our hands on a unit to judge its effectiveness.
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