The Samsung Gear VR can finally be purchased, Vimeo brings 4K support and Uber has been banned in Delhi thanks to alleged rape.
The Samsung Gear VR has been one of the most promising virtual reality products, after the Oculus Rift, of course. The difference in this product is that it uses your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as the screen, brain and resources for your experience. In a nutshell, it is just… a shell.
It’s a pretty expensive one, though. The Samsung Gear VR can now be purchased for $199.99 (as expected) from both Samsung and AT&T. Be sure you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 first, though. It’s the only phone it works with.
Opinion: I still think $200 is a high price for a shell, but Samsung and Oculus are betting on the price the experience is worth. Even if the phone does more of the work, it costed a lot of money to research and develop the virtual reality experience.
Vimeo is seen as a standard of video quality among videographers and film enthusiasts, so it only makes sense that they are at the vanguard of quality. There isn’t much 4K content out there, and Vimeo is making sure content providers and consumers can start adopting this super high definition.
Vimeo now supports 4K vide, but not really. It’s more like they support sharing 4K video, as the service is still not ready to stream in 4K definition. Instead, they are allowing Vimeo Pro users upload 4K clips, while the rest of us can simply download them.
Opinion: I believe distributing 4K content is an important step moving forward. All types of devices will soon have such high-resolution screens, and 1080p will simply not cut it in your brand new 60-inch 4K TV. Got a 4K display at home? Test it by downloading Video Game High School Season 3 or A Film About Coffee.
Uber definitely doesn’t need any more bad press after all the issues it got with the media. They just seem to be unable to stay away from trouble, though. The modern cab service has been banned in India’s capital, Delhi.
This action took place in light of an alleged rape that took place in a driver’s car. Since then, all Uber driving has been halted in the city. The company is trying to help the authorities, as the driver has gone on the run. Apparently he registered with Uber under a fake name and has disabled GPS on his phone.
We are deeply disturbed by the reported incident. Our thoughts are with the victim. We are actively and fully cooperating with authorities.
— Uber Delhi (@Uber_Delhi) December 6, 2014
Opinion: This is a very unfortunate event, and we really shouldn’t blame Uber for it. We do think some precautionary measures are called for, though. Nobody should be able to register as an Uber driver under a fake name.