To be ready for mass production from early November, Homido is a french/chinese company making a Virtual Reality Headset in which you can put any smartphone from 4" to 5.7", with 5" being the optimum size they say see http://homido.com/compatibility/ The retail price is to be about $89/69€. The optics are from Taiwan they offer different lenses and a comfort adjustment. They will try to catch the Christmas season, they include 360 video playback software for Android and iOS, and some of the 360 video recording solutions such as the 3D Heroes adapter for 6 GoPros and other cheaper solutions doing it for cheaper.
Using Arduino, a small Windows PC, the user wears the Oculus Rift to see from both eyes of the telepresence robot, motors, battery life is about 3 hours, you see what it sees and it moves its head as you move your head and you move it around using a gamepad. The price may be about $500 (not sure if with or without the oculus rift type remote vision head-mounted display device)
Finwe and vrAse show how the Smartphone-in-your-face powers the mass market virtual reality media of the future, it works!
I discovered the awesomeness that are Finwe and vrAse which quite simply made me understand the whole VR segment for the first time. The idea that we will simply use our Smartphones and Tablets to power really advanced mass market heads-up augmented reality applications, this is awesome. There isn't need for Facebook's $2 Billion Oculus VR.
So you have been seeing all the news about Finwe and vrAse right here on ARMdevices.net consider that websites TheVerge, CNET and co don't even know yet that this awesomeness exists.
This is the way to do VR. Using your latest Smartphone and the $100€ vrAse headset (€ prices always include 20% VAT!). Using your latest always-improving Smartphone display, sensors, processor, graphics, storage, connectivity and everything. Just insert your Smartphone into the $100 http://vrAse.com headset (successfully funded on Kickstarter, to be available this summer) and you transform your latest smartphone into an awesome virtual reality machine. I've tried it, and it's awesome. Oculus VR and other similar dedicated VR headsets probably use standard smartphone components anyway, so why not just use the latest Smartphone in the vrAse headset? vrAse just focuses on providing good optics with two lenses, which can provide for 3D and 2D immersive virtual reality.
The vrAse finally justifies having 1080p and higher than 1080p resolution on your latest smartphone because it brings your smartphone display pixels up close to your eyes!
I think the killer app for vrAse (and for any other VR headsets) may actually be 360 degree panoramic immersive video (although the 360 video cameras are not yet available to the masses, but they may be imminent), as I filmed the 6K panoramic video demo on Nexus 5 in my Finwe.fi video of last month:
This is 360 video, presented by Finwe Ltd CEO Juha Kela. 360 video is a special video production technology that utilizes multiple cameras to produce a full spherical 360x180 degree video experience. Video from multiple sources is synchronized, fine tuned and stitched together with a software called Autopano Video and Autopano Giga by Kolor. Kolor also delivers solutions for 360 video hosting and playback on a PC and web browser. Web player is based on html5.
Finwe ltd has developed a movement and touch controlled 360 video player for mobile devices, called 360 VideoBall. In collaboration with Kolor, they also just released a pre-version of free Kolor Eyes Android player. Beyond that, mobile player can also be used with Kickstarter funded goggles vrAse. This cool gadget has lenses and a special frame that holds mobile phones inside. The mobile phone is then used as a movement controlled display device, producing a separate image for both eyes. There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro's in a 360x180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Finwe CEO Juha Kela also demonstrated a special custom technology that enables 6k 360 video playback on a mobile phone. Current devices support only 4k resolution, but with the special technology they developed devices can play back videos even with 8k resolution! With this solution, user can zoom into the video without losing the quality.
To be able to provide a full turn key solution for 360 video production and to support the marketing of the mobile 360 video player technology Juha Kela founded a company called FinCloud Ltd. FinCloud has already done number of multi camera productions and one of their productions, a 360 music video for Finnish band Apulanta is currently nominated in Spotify "Innovator of the Year" category in Emma Gaala. Emma Gaala is an annual event, which rewards the most significant players in the industry during a year.
Example 360 videos:
Power Park theme park Finland:
There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro’s in a 360×180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. Special camera rigs are manufactured by Freedom360 and 360 Heros. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Kolor Eyes video wall:
360 Video and Panorama stitching solutions and 360 video HW:
360 video production services:
FInCloud Ltd: firstname.lastname@example.org
vrAse immersive media frame for mobile phone
Free 360 Video apps for iOS:
Free 360 VideoBall app for Android:
Kolor Eyes: Join Google+ group for a pre-release access:
Software developers Kolor and Finwe announce the launch of their new 360-degree video player for Android devices, named Kolor Eyes, featuring pixel-perfect 4k 360 video playback, multiple projections, and image effects. Press release: http://www.kolor.com/images/stories/press/press-releases/2014/20140225-kolor-eyes-android-beta-version.pdf
13-year old Schuyler St. Leger was on stage at the Intel CEO Keynote at CES 2014, he is a tinkerer using 3D printing, arduino, galileo, he is the son of an Intel employee. Showing the 3D augmented reality stuff at the Intel booth, Oculus Rift, Intel Galileo, Intel Edison with Intel Quark SoC, baby monitor, Applebees Presto tablets, Surface Pro 2, Intel RealSense technology and more.