Good news out there for all those interested in the perks of the new virtual reality technology. Samsung just announced that preorders have started for Samsung VR gear, an ambitious project that wants to compete with other VR devices.
So, what’s so special about the new Samsung Gear? For once, the tech giant worked side-by-side with Oculus, the company recently bought by Facebook, in order to make a few adjustments to the device. The result is simply stunning. Samsung’s VR headgear is thinner, lighter, thanks to a new type of foam used to create the eye rest. According to its producer, it seems that the new foam was actually able to decrease the product’s weight by almost 19 percent.
Now, let’s talk headgear. Actually the whole shebang is not an individual headgear. It’s actually a kind of high-tech bed on which you can plant your mobile phone. The device actually transforms 2D and 3D images from your phone into virtual reality. Among other stuff that the device pack is an accelerometer, a gyroscope and it even packs a couple of compass sensors. The next cool thing about the VR gear is that is it able to pause automatically. How does it do that? The developers packed a couple of proximity sensors into the headgear. So, when you take the goggles off, the device will pause automatically whatever you’re doing.
Among other specs, we have a 1.2-inch circular screen, capable of handling a resolution up to 360×360. The device itself is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor and a Tizen operating system.
The ocular device is compatible with a couple of Samsung smartphones, such as Galaxy Note 5 and all S6 edge series.
Sadly, the ocular device only works with virtual reality compatible video players and the number of application out there is very limited. However, should you want to buy such a device, you can take a look at 360 degrees picture of natural wonders and you can even play a couple of mobile games. The most popular game designed entirely for this new headgear is the one where you have to control an airplane and shoot down a couple of enemies coming to get you.
But the game itself is just a pretext. Through this mini application, the headgear can reveal to you its capabilities. According to a couple of users who have already tested the headgear, in order to move the airplane around, you have to tilt your head. Surprisingly, the device has no lag between head movement and data interpretation.
The headgear is available for preorder on Samsung’s official website. VR fans would have to pay up to 99$ dollar in order to get their hands on such a VR set.