Carl Zeiss unveils VR One headset, similar to Samsung's Gear VR but half the price

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Oct 13, 2014
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  1. We're still waiting for a consumer version of the Oculus Rift, the device that reignited everyone's interest in virtual reality. The first prototype surfaced more than two years ago and in the interim, we've seen a handful of other companies...

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  2. So basically all this time was spent on developing...a smartphone holder?
    What a let-down. I think a few sticks and ducktape would do the trick for WAY less than $100.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    Is that not simply the spirit of modern innovation? I think it has been, ever since the atomic bomb :)
  4. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Maniac Posts: 150   +118

    You mean, like Google Cardboard?
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It's still early days for this VR stuff and personally I won't take much of an interest in it until it's gone through a few generation cycles.
  6. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,923   +756

    If I were able to use this as a VR headset for my PC especially at this price, I would run right out and buy one today. But as a VR interface to a smart phone? No thanks. It is no wonder why Zeiss has no idea what to do with it. Frankly, given Zeiss' reputation as a maker of very high quality optics, I am highly disappointed that they would come out with something that I consider an overpriced paperweight.
  7. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    All these VR headsets will not work. Unless you make it cool, like instead of having that ugly thing in your head you get it to the size of cool sun glasses.
  8. Remote desktop app?
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,093

    Unlike the Samsung VR, on this one John Carmak didn't work on the software. Do they even know why Samsung's solution currently works with only 1 phone?
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Oh, those are the kind of apps they want me to write as an android programmer.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    Says you.... besides I think that is nearly impossible, at least right now. You have to have optical lenses to focus your eyes on the display. The only other option that I'm aware of is projecting an image onto a piece of glass, but right now the tech just isn't there to compete with the quality of a LCD/OLED display.

    There are many hardcore gamers out there though, and many of them don't really care so much what this thing looks like, they just want to be in the virtual world and believe it. I, among many will most likely be buying the Oculus once it is production.
  12. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Niche market for gamers maybe. I say MAYBE again. But big companies are interested in the casual user. Game console buyers are casual users. They don't want this.

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