If the announcement of Merge VR didn’t give you your smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) fix for the week then you’re in luck. A new company named Jobe VR has revealed its own device that uses handsets as a display for VR experience. Simply named Jobe, the kit will be available to pre-order soon with the first shipments expected to be made in early 2015.
Jobe takes its name from the 1992 cult movie The Lawnmower Man which is one of the many pieces of science fiction to dream of a world with true VR. As seen with a wide range of other HMDs, users simply slot their phone into a tray that is pressed against a pair of lenses. The company claims that its device has an edge over others as it supports almost any smartphone currently on the market. Specific dimensions for phone sizes are yet to be mentioned although VRFocus has asked after them.
Pictures of the device aren’t currently available, although the company does have a introductory video to the kit which can be seen below. Again, it doesn’t seem to reveal any specific experiences for the device, rather taking stock footage from movies and other media before introducing viewers to the design of the kit.
Perhaps one of the more crucial factors for Jobe is its price. The kit can be pre-ordered for $89 USD, which pits it at just below many of the other devices currently fighting for the spotlight. Whether this will be enough to make it one of the leading HMDs, especially with Samsung’s anticipated Gear VR nearing launch, remains to be seen. Jobe VR hopes to bring the device to market by mid-January 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR HMDs, reporting back with the latest updates.