ZapBox: "Mixed Reality" for $30

Created by Team Zappar

Interactive virtual content in the physical world: play mini-golf, visit Mars, or build an engine in 3D. Then create and share your own content. ZapBox 1.0 is no longer available for purchase, but ZapBox 2.0 is available now. Find out more and order directly from www.zappar.com/zapbox.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

All-new ZapBox: Final few days!
11 months ago – Mon, Nov 02, 2020 at 09:07:17 PM

Hi ZapBoxers,

Our all-new ZapBox campaign will be finishing this Friday at 14:00 UTC. We’re now at 95% funded with just under 4 days left, so within touching distance of our goal but we are still looking for a final few backers to get us over the finish line.

We were so grateful for your support the first time around, and we’d love you to join us in making the next chapter of affordable 6-DoF Mixed Reality possible too.

 << Back all-new ZapBox >>

We’re really excited with the improvements in the product experience that all-new ZapBox offers and we’re also thrilled to be bringing support for Unity to the ZapBox ecosystem.

Our Unity plugin for all-new ZapBox will also be compatible with the cardboard iterations of ZapBox, and Developer Bundle backers of the new campaign will get exclusive early access to the Unity plugin in beta so you can get a head start on building content.

<< Don’t miss out! Back all-new ZapBox now! >>

Thanks once again for all your support!


 - Team ZapBox


ps: Some of you might have wondered why the new campaign uses explicit shipping costs on top of the pledge levels whereas we included “free shipping” in our original campaign. We’ve added a FAQ to the new page to explain the rationale behind the change.

Find out more about all-new ZapBox!
11 months ago – Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 09:17:28 AM

Hi ZapBoxers,

Want to find out more about our latest ZapBox iteration - All-new ZapBox?

<< Check out all-new ZapBox Kickstarter >>

This week our Senior Video Content Creator Matt Scott had an in-depth chat with the founding father of ZapBox himself, Simon Taylor. Where they covered everything from how it all began, to our future content plans with all the technical goodness in between.

If you've not had the opportunity to get involved and check out the campaign yet there are lots of ways you can get involved and get your hands on an all-new ZapBox.

<< Check out all-new ZapBox>>

-The ZapBox Team

All-new ZapBox - now live on Kickstarter!
11 months ago – Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 07:49:08 PM

Hi ZapBoxers!


We’re really excited to share the news that we have now launched our all-new ZapBox campaign on Kickstarter.

🎉🎉🎉 

Check out the new project!

All-new ZapBox!

Compared to the cardboard versions, all-new ZapBox has a radical new form-factor optimized for comfort and ease-of-use. It opens up your peripheral view of the real world to make the experience much less isolating, whilst the content remains immersive and dominates your vision when looking forwards.

The new tracking technology for the controllers and world anchors will provide better performance and easier set-up, doing away with the need to build a map of your world anchors before starting an experience and offering high-quality tracking with far fewer world anchors than before.

There’s also big news for developers: A Unity plugin will offer a new way to build content for ZapBox, and will also make it easier to bring existing MR and VR content built in Unity to the ZapBox ecosystem. As backers of our original campaign you’ll be pleased to hear that the Unity plugin will also support the original cardboard iterations of ZapBox too!

Your support the first time around allowed us to bring the original ZapBox concept to life and to demonstrate the potential of affordable MR and VR powered by your existing smartphone. With all-new ZapBox we’ve rethought the entire product, freeing ourselves from the constraints of off-the-shelf components and pouring lots of thought and passion into every aspect of the design. We’re really excited by the final product design - to us it feels like the ideal physical expression of the original ZapBox concept from all those years ago.

We hope you’ll consider supporting us again as we embark on this next chapter of our mission to bring affordable MR and VR to everyone. Click below to visit the new project page to see all of the details and make a pledge to be among the first to get your hands on all-new ZapBox.


Back All-New ZapBox Now!


We're really grateful for your support, you are all awesome!



- Team ZapBox

All-new ZapBox - Coming Soon!
12 months ago – Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 12:29:40 PM

Hi ZapBoxers!

We just wanted to give you all a quick heads up that next week is going to be super-exciting for ZapBox, when we'll finally get to reveal what we've been working on over the last couple of years...

If you'd like to see all the details about all-new ZapBox before everyone else, including launch timings, pledge levels and early-bird discounts, then sign up to our exclusive launch mailing list on the link below.

Be the first to know


- Team ZapBox

The end of the beginning...
about 2 years ago – Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 07:35:35 PM

Hi ZapBoxers,

It’s time for us to wrap things up over here on the Kickstarter campaign that made ZapBox a thing.

New ZapBox kits, site and app update

Our ZapBox 2.0 kits are now in stock and ready to order directly from our shiny new ZapBox site over at https://www.zappar.com/zapbox. The site now contains a whole new set of helpful setup videos that should make it easier for everyone to get the best out of ZapBox.

We have also just rolled out a ZapBox app update adding some more content to the launch menu and support for all the latest Zappar platform features (for example 3D models imported using ZapWorks Studio’s SketchFab integration can now be used in ZapBox experiences).

For all the details you can see Simon’s recent blog on the Zappar website.

Final call for Kickstarter ZapBox backers

There are still a few original Kickstarter ZapBox backers whose pledges were successfully charged but who have not yet filled in their BackerKit survey with address details. We have kept your ZapBoxes to one side for you and will send them out as soon as you fill in your address details.

You can retrieve your unique BackerKit survey link by entering your email address at https://zapbox.backerkit.com. This will be the email you had registered with your Kickstarter account back when the campaign finished in December 2016. If you signed up to Kickstarter with your Facebook account, then this could be an old email address that you used to sign up for Facebook.

If you have any problems at all getting into the survey to fill in your address details, then either send us a message on Kickstarter or just email contact@zappar.com and we’ll verify that you are one of our missing backers and send you a fresh survey link.

Also please get in touch if you did fill in your survey but never received your rewards and we’ll make it right.

The future for ZapBox

Wrapping things up over here on Kickstarter is the end of the first chapter of ZapBox but definitely not the end of the story!

We’re really excited by the future of ZapBox. We are continuing to work on the additional content promised during the campaign alongside further improvements to the app and content development tools. We’re also thinking longer-term about what might come next in terms of the physical product whilst bearing in mind the key aim of ZapBox – to democratise Mixed Reality and offer the best possible experience we can at an affordable price-point.

To stay in touch with all things ZapBox from now on, you can keep your eyes on the Zappar Blog and sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of that page. You'll also find regular updates on our social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

All that remains to say here is a massive thanks for your support of the ZapBox campaign and allowing us to bring the product to market. We look forward to having you along for the rest of the ZapBox journey!


  - Team Zappar