The Galaxy Note 4 is shaping up to be your window into Mobile Virtual Reality
The Gear VR headset is a Virtual Reality set up coming this year. Samsung and Oculus are working together to make the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 the display. This makes for a first step in taking Virtual Reality on the road. Battery Life comes from the Galaxy Note 4 itself. The Samsung device just snaps into the Gear VR headset, which already has the lenses (see full specs below). The Galaxy Note 4 display is sitting right in front of your eyes, delivering two distinct images at 60 frames per second.
Samsung and Oculus working together on Mobile Virtual Reality
We were all asking ourselves, what direction Oculus would take after being bought by Facebook. After leaked information that Mark Zuckerberg is starting negotiations with Hollywood for Virtual Reality specific content (read: movies), a new partnership is starting to unfold. On September 3 2014 Samsung held an “Unpacked” event at the IFA 2014 in Germany to show off their new product line up. While the Smartwatch Gear S and the Phablet Galxay Note 4 were front and center, it came to everybody’s huge surprise that none other that John Carmack was a speaker at the Samsung Unpacked event. He went on to show his enthusiastic support for the Samsung Gear VR – a Virtual Reality shell that let’s you dock a Galaxy Note 4 in front of your eyes, to emerge yourself completely in a VR world.
John Carmack takes the stage with Oculus powered Samsung Gear VR
As the Chief Technology Officer at Oculus, John Carmack leads the technical process off pretty much everything at Oculus VR. When The Oculus Rift DK2 (Development Kit 2) was sent out to programmers starting August 2014, some people opened it up, just to see, what is inside of it. It turned out that the Oculus Rift DK2 is using a Samsung display, very similar if not exactly the same as the Galaxy Note 3. So naturally people were asking themselves, if this was a temporary solution, or a sign of things much bigger, yet to be revealed. Just a few weeks later John Carmack and Samsung announce a profound partnership for Mobile Virtual Reality: The Gear VR is the first step into taking the Oculus technology unbound on the road. Apparently the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is delivering enough power to simulate on a mobile scale, what Oculus Rift is doing for home entertainment. Watch the video below to see the Gear VR in full action. With an Android device in front off you, it’s a given that VR-specific Apps and Games will show up in the Google Play Store as soon as Samsung’s Gear VR hits the market in winter 2014.
Source: The Verge
Samsung Gear VR technical specifications
The Samsung Gear VR is listed with these technical specifications on Samsung’s website:
- Optical Lens: 96˚ Field of View
- Sensor: Accelerator, Gyrometer, Magnetic, 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
- Connection: microUSB 1.1 connection to the Galaxy Note 4
- Dimension (Headset): 198(W) x 116(L) x 90(H)mm
- Contents: Available through Oculus Store
- * microSD Card(16GB) in-box
The Samsung Galxy Note 4 itself comes with a 5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560×1440) dsisplay, is promising to deliver High Frame Rate Preview through 60 frames per second.