Virtual reality headsets have become a fad these days. We all know about the Oculus Rift, but it’s not out in the market just yet. Wouldn’t you just love to play your favorite video game in virtual reality mode? It is possible now with the new technology called AirVR. It is the brainchild of Toronto design company, Metatecture.
The AirVR is basically a headset that straps an iPad Mini onto the user’s head. A pair of lenses turns the iPad’s screen into full stereoscopic 3D. By using the headwear along with the already developed AirVR app, your tablet can become the portal to another dimension. There is also an AirVR+ that can be used with the new iPhone 6 plus.
The AirVr is pretty easy to use: just slide the iPad mini or iPhone 6 plus into a bulky headset with two lenses displaying left-eye and right-eye images. The company has already developed some apps for the product, and points out that the headset also leaves all the ports on your iOS device open so you can attach other peripherals like games controllers. The best part of this gadget is that there are no cables and tangling to deal with and it’s portable – take it with you everywhere.
Attaching headphones through the iPad Mini’s standard headphone port will also allow the sound to be played. Another feature is a “TouchStrip” of buttons on the headset to control AirVR in and out of the virtual reality experience. Unlike other systems, this device does not require a power source in the headset; instead it relies solely on the built-in battery of the iPad mini. To get the real 3D experience, apps and movies need to be developed specifically for such a virtual reality device.
Aesthetically speaking, sticking the iPad mini or iPhone 6 Plus directly over face doesn’t offer a pleasant sight. However, for those of you who are curious about virtual reality and don’t have access to an Oculus Rift, this may be a worthy alternative. The company plans to begin selling its AirVR headsets for just $49 in early 2015.
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