Following today’s announcement of the Gear VR, a new mobile virtual reality (VR) device set to launch as a collaboration between Samsung and Oculus VR, Jaunt VR have revealed that they too are developing for the head-mounted display (HMD). The Palo Alto-based company has already begun work on technology used for producing cinematic VR for the Gear VR.
The Gear VR is a mobile VR HMD which houses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, making use of the device’s Quad HD Super AMOLED screen. The Gear VR HMD itself houses head-tracking technology and other input devices removing the need for the user to utilise the Galaxy Note 4’s touchscreen. A number of VR experiences were revealed for the device, including the Oculus Cinema within IMAX: Admit One.
Jaunt VR rose to fame with the development of a 360 degree camera, designed to make use of VR HMDs and deliver unique motion-picture experiences. The team at Jaunt recently received a great deal of recognition for their work in covering the red carpet premiere of the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The team have been working directly with Samsung to develop a video player application for Gear VR with the aim of producing ‘true cinematic VR content’ for the HMD.
The Gear VR is currently expected to launch in October 2014 with a price tag of under $200. VRFocus was at the reveal of Gear VR at Samsung’s Unpacked 2014 event and will be bringing you more hands-on impressions of the software being premiered with the HMD in the very near future.