Samsung has jumped into the wearable market with both feet in, and one of their most interesting products at IFA 2014 is the Samsung Gear VR. The Korean giant has worked with Oculus to piece this gadget together.
As you can see in the images, this headset looks somewhat similar to the Oculus Rift. This is partly because the Kickstarter sensation did collaborate with Samsung. A “Powered by Oculus” inscription on the side makes sure to remind us of this.
This unit is much more affordable, though, as it leaves all the grunt work to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Gear VR works as some sort of shell for the Note 4, which works as the main display. The smartphone can be popped into the device, only to become one with the VR headset.
There is a back button on the side, with a touchpad placed right below it. These will allow you to navigate the UI without pulling out your device or using your touchscreen. It’s also important to note it has no batteries, as the smartphone takes care of power.
Speakers are embedded right above your ears, and two lenses transfer the image from the display to your eyes. There is a scroll on top of the device that allows you to adjust the image. This should be great for short-sighted users, but we found this being less than helpful.
It’s a neat experience that will “wow” you as much as the Oculus Rift did. The difference is that Samsung is aiming for other applications. 3D cinema, VR games and educational usage are to be first priority at launch.
No details on price and launch are available yet, but we can imagine these will be relatively affordable. What do you think of the Gear VR, intrigued or not?