For the past few years, many of us in the tech industry have been waiting for VR technology to properly ‘arrive’. As we approach the mid point of 2016, we’re now starting to see several options reach the consumer market.
Now not all VR is created equal and the likes of Oculus’ Rift and HTC’s Vive headsets are a world apart from the budget options in the entry level market such as Google Cardboard.
LG have decided to play their hand towards the low-middle end of the market. The LG 360 VR is a standalone headset with its own screen technology built in. This means you don’t have to plug the phone in front of your eyes like Samsung’s cheaper and bulkier Gear VR, although this does push the price up to £199.
For now you’ll need to use it in conjunction with the LG G5 via the USB Type-C connection, however that stipulation could be removed for future applications and computers/devices that also use USB Type-C.
LG state that the experience with the 360 VR is akin to standing just 2 metres away from a 130 inch panel.
Alongside the 360 VR is the new 360 Cam. Similar to Samsung’s Gear 360, the 360 Cam will let you take 360 degree video.
This is far and away the new fad in social media circles and fully supported by both YouTube and Facebook. You can also view your 360 videos properly with the aforementioned 360 VR…
Both of these items fall into the LG G5 Friends range and are an example of LG showing that they too can produce desirable, on-trend consumer gadgets.
If you own or are planning to own a G5, then the 360 range delivers the first generation of new consumer technologies which are sure to reach mainstream adoption in the next few years.