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Samsung Taking ‘A Closer Look’ at Gear VR for DeveloperWeek 2015

This week sees the 2015 Developer Week Conference and Expo take place in San Francisco, California, USA. The technology show itself runs from 10th – 11th February while further events will be taking place throughout the week. A number of speaker-led sessions will be held throughout the expo, including one focused on electronics giant Samsung’s recently-launched Gear VR, a smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display.

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Samsung Research America’s Alex Chu will be hosting a session titled ‘Taking VR Mobile: A Closer Look at the Gear VR’. It’s set to offer a general look at the Gear VR tech, talking about its features as well as the apps available for the device. VR enthusiasts may well remember that Chu hosts a talk on ‘Transitioning from a 2D to 3D Design Paradigm’ at 2014’s Samsung Developer Conference (SDC). That talk can now be seen online.

“The Gear VR is a powerful tool for communicating virtual reality experiences,” the event’s description reads. “This presentation introduces the Gear VR through: an overview of its features and content, a look at the development of an 360 video app, Milk VR, and tips to start developing your own Gear VR project.”

Gear VR runs with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 enlarged smartphone. The kit recently launched in the UK, coming to a handful of European countries before then. The device is currently waiting on the launch of a premium option for the Oculus VR Store, which hosts all of its compatible content. VRFocus recently learned that a new version of the device, compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 smartphone, is due to be revealed soon.