Virtual Reality (VR) is the latest trend in the technological space. Many manufacturers have jumped on the VR bandwagon in the hopes of making a name for themselves in this area. Recently we heard that Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Facebook, paid a huge amount ($2 Billion) to purchase Oculus Rift. We have now to see what this association produces in this field (Virtual Reality).
At about the same time, we also heard that Samsung was in the process of making a headset based on VR technology. Today, we have news that on Jun. 16, 2014, Samsung has applied for the “Samsung Gear VR” trademark. We believe that this is going to be Samsung’s name for their Virtual Reality headset device. You can view the details of this patent application with The United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO.
In a previous development that was detailed by various online publications, Oculus and Samsung have joined hands to make a new virtual reality device. The display of the device would be Samsung’s high-res OLED (organic light-emitting diode) phone screens. Through this collaboration, Oculus will look after the software responsibility, and Samsung will take care of the hardware.
By introducing this device, Samsung is in direct competition with Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, LG’s G Watch, and Apple’s rumored iWatch. Apple is rumored to be testing both solar and wireless charging technology for the rumored iWatch.
Currently, it looks like Samsung’s Gear VR will work in conjunction with Samsung’s Android smartphones and tablets. We will have to wait and see whether Samsung opens up the device to work with other manufacturers. It is also speculated that the device will connect using wires and not through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Samsung’s virtual reality (VR) headset is named as the Samsung Gear VR. If this is true, then it would mean that the device would not be using Android. This speculation is because the device does not carry the Galaxy name. We believe that the device could be running Tizen OS, such other wearable devices that Samsung has produced, like their recent smartwatches.
This device forms part of the latest wearable technology trend such as bracelets, smartwatches, spectacles or smart glasses, and activity trackers. No other information is available at present and all are eagerly waiting for further details on Samsung’s newest product line.
Conclusion / Thoughts
Other than the patent filing with USPTO, there have been no reports on how far in the process Samsung has come with the device. There is also speculation that the device may launch with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in September. This is not final, and the waiting time for this device to be available may be longer than expected.
How do you think the introduction of Samsung’s Gear VR (virtual reality) headset is going to impact the wearable’s market? Do you believe that with more devices being introduced in the wearable’s market the technology would improve and the price would go down? Do you think the collaboration between Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR will affect Oculus Rift in any way or form whatsoever? Let us know your views and thoughts by posting them in the comments section below.
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