Smartphones are amazing devices, especially when you consider the fact that NASA managed to send people to the moon with computers far less powerful than your average iPhone.
Today, most smartphones feature a number of sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, digital compasses, ambient light sensors, and proximity sensors as well as multiple cameras. These portable devices, that have become ubiquitous, are incredibly powerful.
It is already possible to turn your smartphone into a 3D scanner, a microscope or even into a drone. Simple smartphone VR headsets, such as the Google Daydream or BOBOVR Z5 have been around for a few years now. But what comes next? In this post, we look at some of the most innovative and futuristic developments of VR, AR and MR smartphone headsets currently available or to be released soon.
Smartphone VR/AR/MR 101: what is it? How does it work?
Much like mobile VR, AR and MR mobile headsets are powered by a smartphone. The main difference lies in the display tech. With smartphone VR, the user looks straight at the phone’s screen through a pair of lenses. AR/MR headsets on the other hand use semi-reflective optics to overlay content projected by the phone’s screen.
Brain-powered Mobile VR: the LooxidVR
Developed in South Korea, the LooxidVR is a brain-monitoring VR headset for smartphones. Looxid Labs aims for their headset VR headset to be the first device to use emotion recognition technologies, thus it can be used to better analyze user VR experiences.
Not yet available but coming soon, The LooxidVR will cost around $2,999.
Lenovo Mirage Star Wars Jedi Challenges: may the force of AR be with you
Who doesn’t want to be a Jedi? With the Mirage Star Wars Jedi Challenges headset, your smartphone can turn you into the next Luke Skywalker without even having to leave the living room, let alone fly to a stinky place like Dagobah.
The Tesseract: an infinity of possibilities at your fingertips
The Holoboard Enterprise Edition is a mixed reality headset developed in India by MIT alumni, Kshitij Marwah. This MR smartphone HMD features hand tracking as well as multi-device MR so teams can collaborate on projects. In order to work properly, please note that your smartphone must have a Snapdragon 805 processor or above.
The world is yours
Well, maybe not the whole world, but certainly a part of the future, and a very cool one at that.