In 2013 Jeri Ellsworth, a former Valve engineer, used an idea for projection-based AR glasses from her prior employment and built a company called Technical Illusions, which then became castAR. The company flopped in 2017 despite all the momentum and investments. Jeri along with former employees from castAR put their own money up and created this new company called Tilt Five.
After 2 years of refinement, the company is now ready to push and launch a new improved AR glasses as well as a renewed tabletop AR gaming tech. You can find it now on Kickstarter. The project officially launches today. The basic kit goes for $299. The difference between this venture and the other is Ellsworth is the CEO and has much greater control over the direction of the product.
In an interview with Engadget, Jeri Ellsworth Says:
“The things that people like about board games are connecting with people, storytelling, and working with physical objects,” continued Ellsworth. “The thing that people love about video games is that you can jump in really quick, you can save your games, and you can play with people over a long distance. We’re kind of somewhere in between.”Jeri Ellsworth
“We wanted to provide an amazing gaming experience that blends the things you love about video games and board games. And we wanted it to be just as fun when playing solo, together with your friends, or even when you’re apart,” reads a statement on the Kickstarter page from Jeri Ellsworth, co-founder & CEO of Tilt Five.
The basic Tilt Five package starts at $299 and includes:
- Glasses (white and black color scheme)
- Wand (white and black color scheme)
- Nose Piece Variety Pack
- USB 3 Cable
- Square Game Board (black border, 31.5″ by 31.5″)
- Introductory games pack
- Basic box
- Access to SDK