Since 1846 ZEISS has been an international leader in optics and optoelectronics. In late 2014 ZEISS announced they would apply their considerable expertise to Virtual Reality (VR). The result is the affordable ZEISS VR ONE open source headset, featuring ZEISS premium optics and ergonomic design.
Winner of the 2015 iF Design Award, the ZEISS VR ONE features a smartphone tray system that allows different smartphones to be used and lets owners upgrade their headset performance as smartphone technology advances. Plus, the ZEISS VR ONE requires no adjustments for eye spacing and can be used while wearing eyeglasses.
The ZEISS VR ONE innovative optical design produces clear, sharp picture quality from image center to edge delivering an outstanding VR experience. Smartphone-specific trays for devices from 4.7” to 5.2” guarantee optimal screen positioning when inserted into the ZEISS VR ONE to display a detailed, vibrant image with an approximate 100-degree field-of-view. The ZEISS VR ONE takes full advantage of the smartphone’s built-in accelerometer to smoothly change point-of-view within the VR environment as a wearer’s head is moved.
ZEISS VR ONE apps provide convenient content access with an intuitive graphical user interface for hands-free user control and interaction. The “ZEISS VR ONE Media Launcher” initiates app installs. then selects and launches ZEISS optimized VR apps including the “ZEISS VR ONE Cinema” app, which accesses stored user content to select and watch 2D or 3D video on a huge ZEISS virtual cinema screen. To experience Augmented Reality (AR), the “ZEISS VR ONE AR” app plus an AR “cube” is included for a fun demonstration of AR animation overlaid with the real world.
At CE Week the ZEISS VR ONE will be demonstrated along with a fast growing catalog of Android and iOS Google “Cardboard” compatible apps available from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Plus an expanding eco-system of ZEISS VR ONE compatible “Internet of Things” devices to showcase exciting and entertaining new VR capabilities.
More information on ZEISS VR ONE is available at http://zeissvrone.tumblr.com/. The ZEISS VR ONE headset ($120 MSRP) and ZEISS VR ONE trays ($9.90 MSRP) are available now from ZEISS (www.vrone.us), and authorized resellers. Trays are currently available for the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6. Plus, free CAD files to 3D print trays can be downloaded from ZEISS for the Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Nexus 5 and LG G3 phones.