Carl Zeiss has announced their entrance into the virtual reality (VR) race with the launch of the pre-order campaign for VR One, a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) set to rival Samsung’s recently announced Gear VR. Available to pre-order from today, the VR One offers a smartphone mount that will be compatible with multiple devices.
The VR One can be used with multiple smartphone devices with display sizes between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. The specific tray is tailor-made for each smartphone, though only two are available at launch: iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. Further trays will be made available post launch and pre-order consumer can vote for which model they desire. Additionally, the smartphone’s camera is fully usable thanks to the dark transparent shield, similar in function to the Gear VR.
“In a few years from now, virtual reality will change our lives and the way in which we perceive things beyond all our imagination,” reads the official website for the VR One. “VR One represents a generation of affordable VR glasses for multiple devices which excel through leading edge optical design and ZEISS precision lenses for an ultimate immersive visual experience.”
In terms of competitive technology, the VR One is stated to deliver a ‘large eyebox’ suitable for the interpupillary distance (IPD) of “more than 90 percent of population.” The press materials suggest that this means there is no need to set the lenses to the user’s IPD before use, therefore enhancing the user-friendliness of the device.
The VR One will use an open source Unity3D SDK which will simplify the programming of apps for smartphones, which can be used in the VR ONE headset. The SDK is available for iOS and Android operating system platforms now.
VR One can be pre-ordered from today for $99.90 USD, including one smartphone tray. Additional trays can be purchased for $9.90 each. The VR One is expected to be available before the end of the year and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.