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ZapBox is the Cardboard-style $30 mixed reality alternative to HoloLens

Are you struggling to rustle up $3,000 for a Microsoft HoloLens developer unity? Strangely enough, so are we.

However that doesn’t mean our dreams of mixed reality experiences are destined to go unfulfilled until Microsoft decides to target consumers.

Related: What is Microsoft HoloLens?

A new Kickstarter project is promising to do for room-scale mixed reality what Google Cardboard did for VR.

The $30 Zapbox from London-based Zappar will allow you to paint in 3D space, turn the office into a 3D golf course, play musical instruments or send a probe to the surface of Mars.


We set ourselves the challenge of creating a much more affordable MR solution. How could we make Magic Leap, “Magic Cheap”,” the company wrote on the Kickstarter page.

“Inspired by Google Cardboard, we realised we could combine the power of existing smartphones with some simple physical components to offer MR experiences. With ZapBox, the equation is simple: More Cardboard = More Awesome.”


For a $30 pledge you can receive a headset with lens adapter, two cardboard controllers and a set of point codes, which are markers that attach to real world surfaces to help with room scaling.

Pledges will also get access to the ZapBox app and Zap Works Studio. The company expects delivery in April 2017 and is seeking $30,000 in funding.

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