It has been confirmed that Samsung, in collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus VR, is developing a virtual reality device called the “Gear VR.” The company is expected to announce the device, along with the Galaxy Note 4, at IFA 2014. The Gear VR will feature a modular design, allowing the user to plug in a Galaxy using USB 3.0. The device uses the smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and processing power for head tracking, which creates the VR effect.
The Gear VR is equipped with an elastic head band and soft padded cushions on each side, making it comfortable.
“On the right side of the Gear VR, there is a see-through button, which uses the smartphone’s rear-facing camera sensor to supply the user with a video feed of the real outside world – this way the user won’t need to remove and wear the headset again and again, which will make the overall experience of wearing the headset easier than alternatives from Oculus or Sony,” reports SamMobile.
A touchpad under this see-through button will allow users to navigate the Galaxy smartphone.
“Samsung will be dedicating an entire section of Samsung Apps for Gear VR, just like it did with its Gear smartwatches,” says SamMobile.