While virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts continue to wait for the likes of the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) and Project Morpheus VR HMD to deliver high-end VR experiences, the market continues to see smartphone-based HMDs launch. Today sees the reveal of another of these devices, the Homido HMD, which holds a smartphone in front of a user’s eyes to deliver specially-developed content in VR.
The Homido HMD, which is set to launch in October for €69, is similar to the likes of the Durvois Dive and Altergaze VR HMDs, and is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. The kit features a strap to keep it in place around a user’s head, a slot to place the smartphone into and a pair of lenses used for viewing. The device’s main draw, however, is its very own dedicated app, the Homido 360 VR player, which is available now on iOS for $1.49 GBP.
The Homido 360 VR Player has a range of uses such as viewing 3D and 360 degree videos as well as web-browsing with certain compatible ‘Youtube-like’ sites. It’s user interface (UI) is a hands-free system that relies on the head-tracking simulated by the smartphone, and even allows for easy video recording while wearing the device. And Android version of the app is said to be coming in the near future.
This style of headset has already attracted attention from large technology companies such as Google, which recently released instructions for users to make their own VR HMD out of cardboard. Next month Samsung is rumoured to be revealing its own Gear VR smartphone HMD with the help of Oculus VR’s software development kit (SDK). Expect to see plenty more of this type of VR HMD, then.
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