castAR provides a magical experience of a 3D, holographic world that springs to life from your table, wall or other objects. Because castAR allows you to move around naturally, you and your friends can work or play together while sharing a Mixed Reality experience that blends a virtual world into the real world. Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson founded Technical Illusions in 2013 to develop the castAR system in Woodinville Washington. After months of development, a wildly successful Kickstarter, and a move to Silicon Valley, they've built a team to complete development of the product. castAR is currently shipping to Kickstarter backers. Our goal is to build the ubiquitous, shared interfaces that are the future of how people work and play together. The castAR glasses are just the first of our products. We are not a “technology demonstration” company; we start our engineering by considering how real people work and play together. We strive to make products that are natural, responsive, and embedded in the physical world. Instead of isolating, castAR is open, social, magical and engaging.
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Palo Alto, US
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9 (est)-10%
CastAR was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, US
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CastAR Office Locations

CastAR has an office in Palo Alto
Palo Alto, US (HQ)
380 Portage Ave
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$15 m

Latest funding size

$15 m

Time since last funding

3 years ago


CastAR's latest funding round in August 2015 was reported to be $15 m. In total, CastAR has raised $15 m
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CastAR’s collapse shows the incredible challenge of making AR games

CastAR was one of the most ambitious augmented reality game companies in the business. But it looks like it has shut down amid one of the most obvious problems in the fledgling industry: It was too early, and the challenges it faced were incredible. CastAR failed to raise a new round of funding and …

Andy Rubin-backed AR hardware startup CastAR reportedly shuts down

 An augmented reality headset startup founded by former Valve employees and funded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s Playground Global is shutting down after it failed to receive further investment. CastAR was building a headset device that projected holographic images into the field-of-view of a u…
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