Conference at IFA 2014 Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality device, developed in partnership with Oculus called Gear VR. Basically it is an accessory for the Galaxy Note 4, processing, display and playback sound is made through the new Samsung phablet.
Gear VR is rather a plastic housing that includes two lenses and elastic to secure the user's head. Inside it are also found four sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and proximity sensor) that connects to Note 4 via a USB 1.1 interface. Like Rift Oculus device, it is possible to set the distance of the eye lens, diopter to compensate for users who wear glasses.
Latency is very discussed topic when it comes to virtual reality, and Samsung boasts a response time less than 20 ms from the time the movement and display to display. The lens offers a field of view of 96 degrees, and for easier control of the phone while using volume buttons have been added, a "back" button and touch panel.
When the phone is connected to VR Gear, common functions are stopped, it entered into a special virtual reality. Thus can be used entire processing power without the usual frequency fluctuations and applications in the background without consuming precious resources. QHD display of the Galaxy Note 4 becomes the display for the new VR headset, offering high resolution and than that VR offers the Oculus Oculus Rift DK2 (1920 x 1080 pixels).
The legendary programmer John Carmack (Wolfenstein responsible for the series of games, Doom and Quake) was directly involved in the project, he stepped on stage at IFA to talk about the Oculus VR technologies developed with Samsung.
Gear VR will launch in 2014 and will come at a price of about 200 dollars / euro. It will be called the Samsung Gear VR: Innovator Edition, which comes with a microSD card filled with demonstrations of the technology. Obviously, this is not a product for everyone, the target audience is virtual reality enthusiasts, professionals may find practical applications for this technology, as well as developers of applications and games.