With electronic products, we know the adjective ‘bulky’ doesn’t stick for long. Computers have slimmed down to palmtops; telephones have become slender smartphones; ovens have started using microwaves and undergone a serious cut down in installation space and virtual reality? Well, they still have the reliable headsets to be used. Uncomfortable, but reliable.
These were perhaps the few complaints and remarks that led DIodIo (pronounced dwaw dwaw) to launch the world’s thinnest and lightest VR headsets, called V One. What’s more is that, there is no need for a companion, that is, a phone or a computer to go with it. V One comes with a Android-based processing unit which is about the size of a iPod touch (sleek, isn’t it?)
Why Did We Use Bulky Headsets At All?
Compared to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, V One is a petite, fragile model. But there were times when VR was viewed using much more heavyweight models that could not be used for extensive periods of time and, not to mention, completely impractical.
The task of viewing 3D images on a high definition screen isn’t a trivial matter and the lens that collimates the light to our eye is the probably the most important aspect of facilitating virtual reality.
For a realistic 3D simulation, a wide field of view is a must and this is achieved by a thin lens which has a longer focal length than a thick lens. But this effectiveness of a thin lens is hindered by the fact that image formation requires the focal distance between the display and the lens must be longer in this case, consequently increasing the size of the headset (because the lens will have to be placed further away from the screen, both of which are present in the headset!). For a thick lens, although the focal length is relatively shorter, the lens itself adds weight to the headset.
What’s So Desirable About V One?
Apart from the fact that V One looks like the goggles Charlie puts on at the chocolate factory to view Willy Wonka’s newest invention ( which is a great step forwards from the box-like features of other contemporary VR headsets); made of carbon fiber, it weighs about 3.1 ounces (that’s about 90 gm) and the lenses are 0.68 inches thick, each. It’s accompanied with nose-pads that can customize the glasses for narrower noses and remember the elastic bands in HTC Vive? Well, they’re a thing of past.
Now, let’s talk graphically. It has a 2560×1440 resolution display (which is about 800 pixels per inch for each eye) which is like giving HD an actual salute in case of high-end VR displays (by the way, none of the other VR headsets have actually reached this high a resolution). With a 105 degrees field of view (FOV), it tops that of Samsung’s new Gear (101 degrees) by 4 degrees (which is huge in FOV terms!).
Let’s rewind to its effectiveness in actual practice. It has a better refresh rate (games don’t hang on refreshing) and it has guards that shield the view from unwanted light. With a quad-core processing unit and a 3000 mAh battery (which will allow you 2 to 3 hours of undisrupted gaming), V One is a masterpiece.
This coveted is rumored to be sold on Kickstarter at $599 (a little higher that Rs 38k, which is cheaper than Rift and Vive) and DIodIo will progress to create a VR app for users who like to surf for new VR content. We smell a revolution for the geek community to turn into a sleek one!