With virtual reality taking over the tech-sphere, Alvin Thomas takes a look at the best VR gadgets out there.
Enter another dimension with Google’s new Cardboard Virtual Reality eyepiece. The device is phenomenally simple: you can simply buy it off the store or just build from scratch. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps from the Google Play Store and even use it to view YouTube videos. There are plenty of viewers available so you can be sure to find one that’s perfect for you. At vr.google.com, from RO6.
As they say, looks can be deceiving. This in-your-face virtual reality headset may look like a toy but this is as good as video headsets get. The iWear by Vuzix gives the viewer a field of view equivalent to a 125-inch home theatre screen viewed from almost 10 feet away. Aside from that, it also supports HDMI inputs for a 3D Blu-Ray player, tablet, console system, PC, and even mobile phones for plug-and-play. But most of all, it is the iWear’s HD 3D video gameplay compatibility that blows the competition away. At vuzix.com, from RO253.6.
The Samsung Gear VR has been on the market for quite some time now. However, there really isn’t anything that comes close to it in terms of functionality, user experience and build-quality. The Gear VR gives you a very wide field of view, smooth images and incredibly low-light leakage with reflection prevention. The device also comes with its own touchpad and home and back keys. It is compatible with devices higher than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Get it at your local stores, from RO38.
The LG 360 VR isn’t the best VR headset out there but it sure is the most stylish one. The device weighs roughly 20 per cent less than your average VR headset because you don’t actually slip your phone into the device but connect it using a USB Type-C cable – making it seem like a pair of glasses. The headset houses two 1.8-inch IPS displays inside – one for each eye – each with a resolution of 960×720 pixels, resulting in 639ppi. As a blessing for those of us who wear glasses, the displays can be independently focused, too. The LG 360 VR is available from the LG retailers, at RO100.
Worried about running into a wall or stepping on your pet dog while immersed in the virtual world? Fear not! Nyko’s new VR Guardian is a system that will alert you with a small, tingling vibration from a designated wristband when you have come too close to stepping out of your VR zone or if someone enters your space. The sensors communicate via Bluetooth and are stacked on top of each other. The VR Guardian is set for release next month, and should retail for RO38.5.
The PlayStation VR is every gamer’s dream. Previously known as Project Morpheus, this headset has a complete built-in virtual reality system. PS VR is an accessory for the PS4 console, and is expected to be compatible with a host of new games, including the soon-to-be-released Gran Turismo 7. PlayStation VR tracks the movement of your head and uses the PlayStation Camera, in combination with your regular PS4 controller or PlayStation Move motion controls, to present the VR experience. It is expected to cost RO154, and is available from the PlayStation store next month. You can also pre-order it now.
App of the Week:
Unlike most VR tech out there, Vrse is not an application for gamers. The Vrse app gives you information, news, views and comments from top media houses such as The New York Times, the UN, NBC and others, in 360-degree presentations – allowing you to interact with the surroundings. Available at Google Play Store and iTunes for free.
Cinematic Virtual Reality, folks – Jaunt has mastered the art of storytelling with its new VR camera system, called Neo. It employs 360-degree stereoscopic 3D imagery with directional audio, to help you create some superlative titles. It also features custom optics for 3D light field capture, large format sensors, time-lapse, high-frame-rate capture, and also tools for configuration and rendering. It also supports all major video-editing software such as Avis, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and more. The camera itself is bespoke, but Jaunt has declined to release its price online.