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

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Talking stretch goals
over 3 years ago – Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 07:28:32 AM

Hey ZapBoxers,

Having recovered from an excellent weekend where we hit our funding goal we're now back in the office and eagerly discussing the future of ZapBox.

And so, allow us to introduce to you the stretch goals we have planned for ZapBox. These comprise little ideas or improvements that we've thought up while in the process of designing ZapBox and realising it as a product. Some extra bells and whistles.

With your help (and the help of those yet to join!) we can make ZapBox the best that it can be!

Let's dig a little deeper into what these goals mean.

$40k - ZapBrush Text Support

ZapBrush is one of our favourite pieces of content, and if this goal gets unlocked we’re going to make it more awesome. We’ll integrate an in-experience keyboard interface so you can seamlessly add 2D and 3D text to your creations. Wordtacular!

$50k - Controller Triggers

We’ll improve interaction with experiences by adding a ‘trigger’ or ‘slider’ mechanism to the controllers, providing an analogue input in addition to position and orientation tracking. More ways of interacting with ZapBox content!

$60k - Easy 3D Model Visualization

A simple way for everyone to visualize and share their 3D models in MR without having to use or learn the full ZapWorks Studio tool. Just drag and drop your models into a web interface and they’ll be instantly available for viewing in ZapBox, complete with animation support. Prepare to meet your models!

We're super excited to see how far we get with these. As always, please do keep asking great questions, making great suggestions and generally spreading the greatness of ZapBox :-)

Team Zappar

Funding goal reached!
over 3 years ago – Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 04:42:36 AM



We only went and did it, didn't we? It's past 1am here in London so we'll keep this one short (and get back to celebrating!)

Thirty thousand dollars pledged to making ZapBox a reality by awesome people like all of you. Thank you all so much.

We'll have a bigger update coming on Monday where we can start talking about exciting things like stretch goals - we've got some really cool stuff planned so be excited. By the time we get finished ZapBox is going to be all kinds of awesome :-)

Thanks again. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

Team Zappar

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
over 3 years ago – Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 10:26:48 PM


*To our backers from outside of the US, happy Thursday!

We set aside a little time today to create something fun.

*This video was filmed with a wide angle lens attached and we still need to implement camera 'undistortion' to fully align real and virtual... the edge of the table looks a bit odd!

Now I don't know if any of you have looked at the page recently, but we're currently sitting at 90% funded!

This is amazing. In as little as 9 days you've pledged more than $27,000 towards the future of affordable mixed reality. Thank you all for believing in ZapBox.

A second thank you goes out to everyone that set aside some time yesterday to tune in for our live stream. There were some excellent questions coming from the community and it was wonderful to hear from so many of you who are as excited about ZapBox as we are.

For those that missed the stream you can watch it here.

Finally, we met with some lovely journalists today and were pleased to let them try a live demo of ZapBox. A very nice fellow named Andy Boxall has already updated his article on Digital Trends which says some very nice things. You can check it out here.

We'll be in touch again soon :-)

Team Zappar