Virtual Reality Comanies at CES - 2016
At this year's CES, we stopped by a number of virtual reality companies at
their booth to try out their latest VR products. Here we provide a quick
overview of some of the noteworthy ones:
Oculus VR – Crescent Bay
The most impressive of all was Oculus's Crescent Bay demonstration. Oculus
have almost completely solved the motion sickness problem, and the display
resolution appeared much better than the Gear VR, better than anything
we've tried so far. The demonstration was one of the most immersive
experiences to date.
Samsung – Gear VR
Samsung showcased their latest release, Gear VR powered by Oculus, at this
year's Samsung pavilion. People were lining up for up to an hour to view
The Gear VR is like a smartphone accessory, you will need to have a
Samsung Note 4 in order to access the VR content. Once you slot your note
4 into the goggle, the micro USB connector will automatically force the
phone to open up the Oculus store front, and from there is where users can
access content. Currently, Gear VR is only supported by US version Note 4
only and will not work properly if you are using an international Note 4.
This OSVR ecosystem is fully open-source, so regardless of whether you're
interested in working with hardware developmental kit designs, or software
plugins for everything from motion control, to game engines, and even
stereoscopic video output, you'd have complete access to everything. Game
developers, peripheral manufacturers, and virtual reality experts can
collaborate together to contribute to this ecosystem.
Companies such as Unity, Unreal, Intel, Bosch, Razer, Sixense, and
Leapmotion are all supporters of the OSVR platform. The OSVR developer kit
is available for purchase on the Razerstore for $299.99.
Goggle Tech – Go4d
This company's mobile phone VR headset, Go4d VR, was one that really
caught us by surprise. The overall design, head-tracking latency, and
resolution are fantastic. We like this headset because there's no strap
that goes over the top of the head, so it doesn't mess up your hair as
much after wearing. The headset is also affordably priced at $99 USD, and
unlike the Gear VR that can only work with the Note 4, the Go4d VR goggle
can work on all smartphones.
The company also launched the C1-glasses, a $20 USD snap-on VR glasses.
The glasses are designed to view 3D images and videos right from your
This Brazilian based company just released their mobile phone VR headset
during CES this week, you can get on their website for $35 USD per pair.
The headset is designed to work with all smartphone by using the various
phone adaptors provided with the headset. Although the price is cheap,
this headset can certain do VR just like any other headset on the market.
Avegant – Glyph
After trying out their demonstration kit, we believe Avegant's technology
has the finest resolution comparing to other HMD devices on the market.
Instead of traditional screen technology, the Glyph is reflecting light
off the micro mirror array to form image directly in your eyes, mimicking
natural vision that reflects light off objects that goes into your eyes,
producing crystal clear image that can't be done with traditional screen
The Glyph is a complete multimedia device compatible with anything on the
current market. You can hook it up to a smartphone, xbox, Pc, DVDs…etc.
You also don't need to wear your glasses. The model we tried at CES didn't
incorporate head tracking but we were told that the consumer model would
have head tracking function integrated.
This headset can serve as a private monitor. Avegant wanted content that
works on a traditional screen to be compatible with the Glyph. This mean
you can work on your PowerPoint presentation, write a love letter to your
girlfriend on an airplane without worrying other people peaking at your
Release date of the Glyph will be fall 2015.
ODG – R6 Glasses
San Francisco based, Osterhout Group (ODG), has been a military contractor
for many years prior to entering the consumer market. ODG revealed their
consumer augmented reality glasses and the R-6 Smart Glasses.
I must say that the screen resolution, user-interface, and overall
experience were the best out of all the AR glasses we've tried. But the
R-6 is not cheap, the industrial-grade augmented reality glasses is priced
at $4,946 USD running on Android platform. The consumer version is
scheduled to release later this year and will be available for about
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