Published on: 15th Oct 2014
Carl Zeiss, which supplies camera lenses to the likes of Nokia has made a tentative step into the virtual reality market, with its own headset.
Not quite an Oculus Rift, it works more like the Samsung Gear VR, which relies on a smartphone for the display — although in this case, not just Samsung smartphones.
The phone of choice is put into a tray which is inserted into the headset and is said to work with phones supporting screen sizes between 4.7-5.2 inches.
Between the screen and the wearer’s eyes are a pair of Zeiss lenses providing a field of view of approximately 100 degrees, and an interpupillary distance coverage of between 53 and 77mm (2.09-3.03 inches).
When launhced, two apps will be available to download from iTunes and Google Play, and Zeiss is supplying a software development kit for future app creation.
Set to start shipping before the end of the year, Zeiss is pricing the VR One at $99, below that of the Gear VR and other VR assemblies. Only two trays will be available at launch, allowing the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 to work with the headset, but more trays will be made available after launch after receiving feedback.
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