Up until this point, the iPhone users could not enjoy the wonders of the virtual reality unless they were prepared to switch to Android. Samsung’s Gear VR and the Google Cardboard headsets have been the most popular choices among the virtual reality enthusiasts so far. This left the iPhone users with little options to choose from. However, Occipital Bridge has come into play.
This virtual reality headset could even compete with the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. However, the Occipital Bridge headset is exclusively intended for iPhone users. Moreover, it features a Structure Sensor, a piece of additional hardware mounted on the headset. The sensor works together with an iPhone camera lens adapter in order to detect surrounding objects and prevent the user from walking into objects. The way the headset is able to do this is by recording the subject’s head movements and location in relation to the surrounding environment.
This allows the user to walk around the room or an open space without having to worry about tripping on obstacles. The Occipital Bridge duplicates the individual’s movements in the virtual environment and offers the same full-room experience associated more commonly associated with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headsets.
At the same time, the Occipital Bridge warns its users before running into obstacles in the real world. The headset is able to generate a wireframe model of the surroundings, so the users won’t hurt themselves while enjoying the virtual reality experience.
As opposed to the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, however, the Occipital Bridge headset does not rely on other sensors or bulky cables connected to the PC for this job. All the work is masterfully handled by the headset’s sensors and the iPhone’s onboard camera. However, since the virtual reality industry is still under development, the success of any platform is highly dependent on its content.
As of now, the Occipital Bridge virtual reality headset is available for sale. Users who are looking to purchase the Explorer Edition are expected to pay $499 for the bundle. At the same time, the standalone headset together with a Bluetooth controller goes for $399.
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