Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality System

Samsung Gear VR Headset

Ever since the Gear S2 watch blew lots of users away at the IFA trade show in 2015, smartwatches have gotten even better.  Samsung stole the show right from an interface standpoint and ever since then, the beauty of the watch keeps standing out. 

Samsung has been leaving no stones unturned in updating software applications to address some of the bugs that were discovered last fall. One of which is the Samsung Pay support for Uber.  These improvements proved that the company has come to realize why some folks want to wear a wrist watch at all.

What is the Samsung Gear VR?

The Samsung Gear VR is a virtual reality headset built and manufactured by Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Oculus. It is required to be used with a Samsung Galaxy device to act as the headset’s processor and display while the Gear VR serves as the controller. This comes with a field of view and a custom inertial measurement unit which is used for rotational tracking and which also connects to the smartphone through a micro-USB. Other components of the Gear VR set are a touchpad, a side back button, and a proximity sensor to signal when the headset is on.

This project was first announced on September 3, 2014, and before the consumer edition was released in November 2015, Samsung released two innovators. This was to give technology enthusiasts early access to the technology and to enable software developers to create content for the Gear VR.

In January 2015, Samsung got a license on an HMD (Head Mounted Display), and the project was one of the first ideas to use a mobile phone in a Head Mounted Display (HMD).  However, during this period, the license that was granted limited the quality of degree and performance, but even with this, Samsung did not stop its research on VR internally.

In 2013, Samsung brought together an official team committed to the development of a virtual reality-based device that would work with a smartphone. This team developed various prototypes, but sadly, the performance and display were still not up to standard.

In 2014, Samsung collaborated with Oculus-developers of Oculus Rift, to help in the development and finally on September 3, 2014, the Samsung Gear VR and a compatible device were presented at the Samsung press conference in Berlin.

How Samsung Gear VR Works

  • To use the Samsung VR, first, open the oculus app. After which you navigate to the Matterport VR from the library.
  • Next, you hold the headset at a slight angle and gently slide the phone into the Gear VR connector. It is important that the phone is well connected, it will give off a chime when it has successfully connected. No worries if your phone is large, all you need to do is to adjust the headset.
  • After this, carefully hold the headset to your eyes and make sure your straps are securely fastened if you are using straps. Then try to move your head around.

Some Samsung Gear VR tips are:

  • To navigate without moving your head wipe forward and backward on the touchpad.
  • To select an option without waiting, tap the touchpad
  • To the previous menu, press the back key at any time to return
  • You can charge the phone and use the headset at the same time.

Samsung Gear VR Specs and Controllers

Even though the Gear VR is in many ways similar to the Google Cardboard, it has its wizardry in high technology.  It comes with some fancy sensors and built-in input options. There is a sensor which pauses or plays experiences depending on whether your headset is on. Also, by the side, there is a touchpad for easy interaction. Similarly, the USB connector in front of theGear VR is where your phone is jacked into.

For your Gear VR, the phones needed are Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7, or S7 Edge to make it work.

Finally, the Virtual Reality experience on the Gear VR is a great, in fact, one of the best available right now. With the way, developers are making VR-devices available everywhere currently, it is certain that the experience will get even better in the coming years.


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