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There VR headsets and then the are very cool VR headsets, whatever you may think of virtual reality as a futuristic concept is probably not complete without a touch of creativity that the Zeiss VR headset offers. With a US $120 price tag, the Zeiss VR headset flexibility with cost efficiency. Just like other VR headsets of it class like the Samsung Gear VR and the Google cardboard, the processing power of the VR headset comes from a smart phone slotted in to headset via a customisable tray. However, unlike the Gear VR and the Cardboard, the Zeiss VR Offers a substantially more flexible features.

Zeiss VR headset
Image credit: Zeiss inc.

Key features

Works well with most smartphone of sizes between 4.7″ and 5.2″
No lens adjustment necessary for different interpupillary distance
Sharp picture from the center to the edge
Wear your glasses during operation of the Zeiss VR headset
Hundreds of Apps already available for the headset
Compatible with most if not all Google cardboard apps
Features a Leading-edge optical design and ZEISS precision lenses for ultimate immersive visual experience
See-through front shield
Enabling smartphone cameras for augmented reality apps
Distance between wearers’ eyes supported — 53 – 77 mm
Field of view of approx. 100°
Ports to plug in the smartphone audio and charging connectors
Smartphone tray
Innovative slide for exact positioning of the smartphone.
Ventilation openings to ease airflow and prevent fogging of lenses
Internal tracking by smartphone sensors
Stereo side-by-side format for 3D pictures & videos
An open source SDK as well as the documentation are available to software developers.
Zeiss VR one
Image ccredit: Zeiss inc.

The Zeiss VR headset comes packed with a media player for the likes of YouTube videos and pictures and an Augmented Reality app for augmented experiences, as well as an open source Unity3D SDK (iOS and Android) which means there’s
plenty of scope for development. The name Zeiss and Lenses are like a match made in heaven, the company is rather famous for its expertise in optics and its seemingly unending line of optical products, which of course are mostly lenses. As expected the company utilizes efficiently its decades long expertise in optical technology to forge and above par VR headset. The Zeiss VR is certified under the Works with Google Cardboard program, meaning that it’s certified to work with the Google Cardboard ecosystem. Just like the Google cardboard, the Zeiss VR One is strap free, which may not settle well with a lot of peeps, especially if the tow my path in VR headset taste. Zeiss said the reason for it being strap free is because it “……is designed for easy use to share VR experiences with a number of people in one place like fairs, parties and events. The strap-free operation simplifies and speeds the handover from person to person and for applicable apps, the magnet control speeds interaction such as re-playing the app to share the VR experience.”

The holding tray used in the Zeiss VR headset can be customized by user to fit preferred smartphone size. You can either order preffered size or Print your taste using a 3D printer.

Zeiss VR one

Most Virtual reality headsets such as Oculus and Sony’s Morpheus are scheduled for release later this year and into 2016/2017 . However people who are eager to try out virtual reality today and don’t feel comfortable enough to put together Google’s cardboard pieces can prep for the release of the Zeiss headset in just few days (Launch Date is set for this November).

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