Earlier in the month Carl Zeiss announced its own smart-phone based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the VR One. Now available to pre-order for $99 USD, the device will launch with compatibility for Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, offering mobile VR experiences by using the phone’s screen as a display. More recently the company has detailed its very own VR media app, which can be used to view pictures and videos from within the HMD.
The Zeiss VR One Media App grants users access to their own photos saved on the phone from within the HMD as well as videos. Youtube support is also included, meaning users can stream both 2D and 3D videos with the device attached. Google StreetView will also allow users to explore images from the company’s databse in VR. Crucially, each image and video will be displayed side-by-side so that they appear as one when viewed through the device.
Users can look through images by tapping on the left or right side of the VR One when using the app’s ‘Side Tap’ setting. The Youtube section will also feature an ‘enchanced 3D filter’ for locating 3D content and scroll through videos using the Side Tap feature. The tapping concept is put to use again in StreetView, in which users can tap on the front of the HMD to move forward whenever a grey arrow appears.
Details about the launch of the app are yet to be revealed. Given that the VR One will feature support for both the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5 it’s likely that it will see a release on both the iOS and Android operating systems (OS) respectively. VRFocus will continue to follow the VR One as it prepares for launch this year, reporting back with the latest updates on the device.