24 August 2016
Virtual reality has been one of the main topics in the tech world for a long time. Several companies introduced VR accessories and apps for smartphones, TVs, Laptops, and Computers. The most successful one was Homido, developed by the startup Lille Eccodis on October 10, 2014. It is a device similar to Google cardboard, in the form of a mask. Many applications supported with Google Cardboard is also compatible with the Homido.
Homido is a virtual reality helmet with smartphone compatibility. The device is like a mask covering the forehead and eyes in with a smartphone used as the screen. It is held tight to the face using a strap. The whole package consists of a plastic mask, carrying bag, 3 pairs of the lens holder, single pair of lenses and a strap. The helmet is compatible with many Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones. The phone must have a screen between 4” or 5.7”.
The improved V2 headset costs almost the same as that of the original Homido VR headset. It is not a good device to consider if you are on a budget because the original cost is $80. Users will feel more comfortable with the V2 as it hits the market with better ventilation and a more premium feel along with an all-important capacitive button. Large phones like iPhone 6S Plus will be supported in the new edition of the headset.
Homido CEO Mathieu Parmentier wants to make the V2 more of an ecosystem. In order to do that, the company is releasing new accessories for the V2 which includes a 360-degree camera ($200), Bluetooth game controllers (Android/iOS costing $40/$60 respectively). A motion sensor is yet to be announced. Homido would make an easy entry to the VR video and photos with the addition of a 1080p/30fps VR camera plus app, which can be used to convert videos into a Facebook or Youtube-friendly format.
The device will be released soon and will take the smartphone virtual reality to a whole another level. The addition of accessories will make the device a dream of VR lovers.