There are some exciting things happening in the field of virtual reality. The bigger ones include devices like the Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens, and Samsung Gear VR, but if you stop and read the list of possible side effects, it raises some concern that VR can become a mainstream thing. For example, Samsung tells users they should stop using its Gear VR if they experience certain symptoms.
Imagine that you're 40,000 feet above the ground, but instead of peering out a small oval window and looking at clouds (or darkness), you turn your head and see a dingo wandering about. Don't worry, it's not on the plane's wing feasting on wires and electronics, he's in your Gear VR headset. This is what Australian airline Qantas is working towards. Along with Samsung, Qantas has launched a new trial entertainment service that gives fliers a Gear VR headset during their flight.
Remember Temple Run, the addictive endless runner that stole hours of your time, as such games are apt to do? Well, there's a new version available, and we're not talking about yet another themed release. Developer Imangi Studios announced that Temple Run VR is finished and available to play on Samsung's recently released Gear VR Innovator Edition headset. It's one of the first fully playable games for the Gear VR and it's free to download.
Back in July, it was rumored that Samsung was diving into the world of virtual reality devices, which the company finally confirmed in September. But unlike the Oculus Rift, which is a standalone device, the Gear VR has been developed to make use of mobile devices as a source of power and content generation. But content creators and VR enthusiasts no longer have to wait for it. Today, Samsung has released the Gear VR Innovator Edition for $200.
Samsung has been working on its own VR headset that is being developed in collaboration with Oculus VR. According to SamMobile, Samsung’s VR device is called the Gear VR and it will be announced at IFA 2014.