Samsung Gear VR
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Samsung Gear VR
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Also known as Gear VR
Samsung Galaxy Samsung Gear
Type Smartphone virtual reality head-mounted display
Release date November 27, 2015
Introductory price US$99.99
Operating system Android
Display Super AMOLED
Graphics 2560x1440p (Φ38, x6.7; 96° field of view)
Input Gyrometer, accelerometer, IMU
Controller input Touchpad and back button.
Camera Phone and/or 360° camera.
Weight 318 grams (without smartphone)
Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Website Official website
The Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality headset developed by Samsung Electronics, in collaboration with Oculus, and manufactured by Samsung. The headset was released on 27 November 2015.
When in use, a compatible Samsung Galaxy device (Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+, or Galaxy S7/S7 Edge) acts as the headset’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself acts as the controller, which contains the high field of view, as well as a custom inertial measurement unit, or IMU, for rotational tracking, which connects to the smartphone via micro-USB. This IMU is more accurate and well calibrated with lower latency than internal smartphone IMUs, such as those used for Google Cardboard.
The Gear VR headset also includes a touchpad and back button on the side, as well as a proximity sensor to detect when the headset is on. The touchpad and button allow for a standard minimum input capability for users to interact with the virtual environments, whereas Google Cardboard devices only feature a button.
The Gear VR was first announced in September 2014. To allow developers to create content for the Gear VR and to allow VR and technology enthusiasts to get early access to the technology, Samsung had released two innovator editions of the Gear VR before the consumer version.
Although the Samsung Gear VR consumer edition was released in November 2015, Samsung had obtained a patent on a HMD (Head Mounted Display) way back in January 2005. This was one of the first ideas of using a mobile phone as the display for a HMD. However at the time the patent was submitted mobile phone technology was simply far too lackluster for them to develop anything which had decent quality and performance. They continued to research VR and HMD internally.
With the release of the Galaxy S4 in 2013 an official team dedicated to developing a virtual reality based device that would work with a smartphone was formed. This team developed multiple different prototypes yet the performance and display (even though the Galaxy S4 has a Full HD display) were not yet up to standards. However all this development did not go to waste, Samsung learned several of the key elements which would lead to the successful development of VR technology.
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