September 3, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced its next generation in wearable technology, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, enabling users to fully immerse themselves in a cinematic virtual reality environment.
The Gear VR Innovator Edition headset is the result of an integrated partnership with Oculus, a Facebook company that specializes in virtual reality technology. The headset is powered by Oculus technology, and delivers a new way to experience and consume mobile content.
“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.”
John Carmack, CTO of Oculus, commented: ”We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus”. He added, “The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”
The Samsung Gear VR features the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 4 and allows users to experience full 360 3D video, for enjoying films, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content from a selection of optimized virtual reality content from a range of creators.
The headset is built with soft, flexible cushioning and lightweight materials and is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer.
Image credit: Samsung
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