Apple has patented a VR headset, a new Galaxy S6 commercial emerges and Sony allows developers to pre-order their augmented reality glasses. This and more exciting news past the break!
Apple seems to be keeping up with new technologies lately. We have heard rumors of them working on a self-driving, electric vehicle, and today we find out they are also working on a VR headset to compete with the likes of Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR.
A new patent filing from the Cupertino giant depicts what seems very much like a head-mounted apparatus that would hold an iPhone. This would essentially turn the iDevice into a virtual reality host. The details are not very specific, but this scenario is what the wording seems to suggest.
The title of the document’s writing states: “Head-mounted display apparatus for retaining portable electronic device with display.” Sounds exactly like the competitors, right? Except this one is for an iPhone.
Opinion: VR is really the future of media consumption. We know cinematographers, game developers and even ASMR producers are working with VR technology. I definitely can’t wait to see some results. I think I am going to buy myself that new View Master!
Ready for #TheNextGalaxy? We are too, and Samsung knows we can’t go a day without at least some kind of teaser on it. Today, Samsung is teasing the new Galaxy S6 device by touting speed. Not much is shown, other than an intersection and how speed could improve a person’s life, but it’s something.
Opinion: How fast will the Samsung Galaxy S6 really be? Are we even talking about performance here?
— TheNextGalaxy (@SamsungMobile) February 17, 2015
Sony is giving augmented reality glasses a shot with their new SmartEyeglass, which we saw at CES. Today marks the beginning of the Japanese manufacturer’s venture with pre-orders becoming available to developers. The actual release date is on March 10th.
Overall, the device is very different from what Google offers, but what doesn’t change much is the high price tag developers have to pay. It’s less than Google Glass at $840 USD, but it’s still pricey. Let’s hope the consumer version can be more accessible.
Opinion: I have to say I am not a big fan of how the Sony SmartEyeglass works… at least based on the demos and concept video. The way the remote works just seems a bit seamless. Do we really want a whole piece of technology attached to our glasses at all times?