There are plenty of virtual reality (VR) headsets on the market designed to cover various price points and needs of consumers, from mobile devices like Merge VR or Samsung Gear VR, to high-end units like Oculus Rift on PC. DJ Enrique Cadena Marin has revealed work on a new head-mounted display (HMD) which the musician claims will be geared towards music fans.
Cadena Marin conceived the idea in mid-2015 while crafting visuals for his DJ sets. Wanting to immerse fans into an euphoric, but also escapist atmosphere he partnered with software developers and tech engineers Jorge Brewer and Marc Duran, hoping to help audiences feel fully embraced by his music.
Currently details on the headset – and what it looks like – are a little lacking, with the only specifications detailed so far saying the VR headset will comprise features like a lightweight screen with a 100 degree field-of-view (FoV), quality 3D audio spatialization, and optional DVI adapter for laptops.
“The genre I created, TeroDancehall, was shaped around the idea of an ambient, spiritual awakening for my listeners. VRhythms is an artistic component bred from this need to philosophically allow my fans to experience EDM in a totally different visual element.” Cadena Marin continues, “Hopefully, it will help fans feel more alive when listening to my, or any other EDM artists music.”
The device is expected to be released in the US by early fall of 2018, so long as testing goes well. As for what type of music content will be made available on VRhythm the official statement says: “VRhythm seeks to offer users an immersive, virtual artwork and experiences to enhance EDM playlists and live performances both at home and at public events. A lightweight model will allow fans to immerse themselves in virtual environments and music videos as EDM playlists.”
As further details are released, VRFocus will keep you updated.