As long as computers have been connecting to each other through cables and wires, people have dreamed of Virtual Reality. Why not? Who doesn’t want to know what it’s like to fly, or be someone else for a little while?
Movies have been predicting the rise of VR since the ‘90s, when films like The Matrix or 1995’s Strange Days set our imaginations on fire with the possibilities. Would it be a new Golden Age or the beginning of the end? We’re about to find out, as Samsung is rolling out their first VR headset, the Samsung Gear VR
Introducing The Samsung Gear VR
The Samsung Gear VR has been a firm fan favorite since its debut in 2014. The website Engadget.com stated “There’s currently no better way to get started with virtual reality.”
If you own a Samsung phone in Melbourne, the Samsung Gear VR is your best best to see what the exciting world of virtual reality is all about.
The premise is simple, especially if you’ve seen any of those ‘90s cyberpunk films. A pair of wraparound shades provides a panoramic view, while high-definition headphones provide a deep 360-degree listening experience. It’s a fully immersive experience.
Entertainment companies are already starting to take advantage of the format to create complete imaginary worlds, full of vibrant colors and otherworldly sounds. 2015’s breakout hit The Martian will be unleashed in a virtual reality edition for the Samsung Gear in 2016, transporting the audience to the dusty red planet instantaneously, saving us the arduous 300 day journey.
It should hopefully be a less distressing experience than 2014’s Oculus, one of the first films to take advantage of the Oculus Rift technology on which the Samsung Gear is based.
The only thing for certain, at this point, is that we’re heading into a strange new world of media, and Samsung is at the vanguard.
Gear VR Specs
- Optical Lens
- 96˚ Field of View
- Accelerator, Gyrometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity
- Motion to Photon Latency
- < 20ms
- Focal Adjustment
- Covers Nearsighted / Farsighted Eyes
- Interpupillary Distance Coverage
- 55 ~ 71 mm
- Physical User Interface
- Touch Pad, Back Button, Volume Key
- microUSB connection to the Galaxy Note 4
- Dimension (Headset)
- 198(W) x 116(L) x 90(H)mm
- Available through Oculus Store
* microSD Card(16GB) in-box
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