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Finally, a VR headset you can wear without bumping into things

This is all very experimental. IonVR’s headset is currently available for $229, and is expected to ship this quarter. The headset works with any Android or iOS smartphone, but the 3D camera capabilities depend on you also having access to an Intel Realsense Smartphone. The phone is currently for sale as part of a $399 developer kit, meaning none of this is exactly intended for consumers yet.

Still, it’s cool that someone is working on a headset you can use without bumping into things. It will be fascinating to see how this all ends up.

 

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Boise virtual-reality startup lands partnership with Intel

“For us, this is one more step in recognizing the work and innovation that the IonVR team has done to make mobile virtual reality a quality experience for everybody,” she said.

The three-day CES started Wednesday, when IonVR and Intel announced that their teams collaborated so IonVR’s headset — which is expected to be released in the next few months — is compatible with Intel’s RealSense Smartphone Developer Kit.

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ionVR is a Smartphone VR Headset That Aims to Kill Latency

As the movie started, I did my usual checks; slow, deliberate head movements followed by more staccato, quicker motions – trying to gauge that telltale lag found in most cardboard implementations. With the exception of occasional judder, the response time (the old ‘motion to photons’ metric) was extremely low – at least by my perception. Whilst there didn’t seem to be any sort of low persistence of vision in place (this wasn’t super silky smooth as in GearVR), the experience was extremely comfortable and reasonably lag free.

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Intel is helping build a mobile VR headset you can use to walk around a room

2016 is the biggest year for VR since the ’90s, and Intel doesn’t want to miss out. It’s partnering with a small headset company called IonVR to create a mobile headset that can map the world (and your hands) without wires, controllers, or external cameras.

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CES 2016 Sneak Peek: 9 Cool Gadgets

IonVR is a mobile virtual reality headset uses a smartphone as its display. Smartphones with screens measuring 4.5 to 6 inches and running platforms including Android and iOS will work.

The device runs on MotionSync Technology (patent pending), which aims to address virtual reality sickness through a smoother VR experience. The headset uses a modular system to hold the phone so users don’t need to buy a new headset when they replace their smartphone. The modules for holding the smartphone can be replaced as new devices are released.

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Get a Sneak Peek at the Coolest Tech of 2016

“While it’s hard to stand out in the rapidly growing virtual reality market, the IonVR mobile headset could rise to the top thanks to its biggest focus: reducing motion sickness.”

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IonVR Mobile Headset Combats VR Sickness

“It just goes to show you that as the world of consumer virtual reality approaches, the winner is by no means set. While Samsung and Oculus will definitely make waves with the Gear VR and the Oculus Rift, there’s still room for innovators like IonVR to stake a viable claim in the market.”

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Meet IonVR: Sick VR That Eliminates VR Sickness

“Whereas Cardboard lets the screen and the device behind it do all the work, with little to no thought past the lenses nor aimed at many of the needed corrections to make the experience work, IonVR provides an optic solution of hardware and onboard processing that does away with many of the inconsistencies mobile VR currently brings to the table.”

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The Virtual Reality Company Produces VR Concert With Singer Anderson .Paak

“The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) hosted a live performance Tuesday evening by singer-songwriter Anderson .Paak, which was photographed for virtual reality at its new VR Stage at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles.”

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I played a multiplayer FPS game in VR, and it was fantastic

“IONVR is not unlike the Samsung Gear VR in its design, a Cardboard-alike with a head strap that encourages the use of a controller for interaction in a VR experience. The company promises a hardware agnostic, platform agnostic experience, so any phone can be snapped into the case to start the experience. Unlike Google Cardboard, IONVR has some special hardware that delivers smoother movement in the virtual environment. The units we used for the demo were 3D printed, and included a physical switch on the top to make that special hardware work. The company is fairly tight-lipped about what is going on under the plastic, but the end result is impressive all the same.”

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Hands on with IonVR, a universal mobile VR headset with integrated hardware

“Trying it out for myself using, ironically, a Samsung Galaxy S6, I found the experience to be relatively comparable to that of the GearVR, minus some needs for ergonomic refinement on the 3D printed prototype I was using. The images were crystal clear thanks to IonVR’s proprietary optics system, which claims produces “less than 5% distortion,” which seemed fairly accurate. During the testing I didn’t see any smearing or chromatic aberration and the MotionSync technology worked pretty much as advertised, with very little motion blur or noticeable latency even with rapid head movements.”

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VRC AND IONVR FORGE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

“I can’t think of a more exciting way to realize the limitless potential of virtual reality than to marry VRC’s high-quality creative content with IonVR’s cutting-edge technology,” said VRC Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Robert Stromberg. “It’s the collision of two great forces that will now make anything virtually possible.”

“Great content deserves a high quality VR headset,” said Brooke Linville, CEO of IonVR. “IonVR’s partnership with VRC connects the best of Hollywoodstory-telling to the best mobile VR headset technology available today, allowing virtual worlds to come alive on your smartphone screen.”

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Boise company promises tetherless virtual reality

“An assortment of blocky headsets is scattered across the kitchen table in the couple’s East Boise home, showing the evolution of Thurber’s yearlong effort to perfect a mobile virtual reality headset.”

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Built in Boise: New View

“He became consumed by the idea of creating a better technology. Something that would fulfill all the promise virtual reality holds for entertainment, training, medical treatments and more, but without a specific type of motion sickness — often called VR sickness — some people experience when using Oculus and other headsets.”

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New Mobile VR Headset Beginning To Make Waves

“This new headset has begun to make a lot of waves in the VR world. Everyone who so far has been able to experience the IonVR, from Patrick Moorhead, in his Forbes article, to Robert Scoble, via his candid interview at Sun Valley, Idaho’s Tech on Deck 2015, have been singing its praises. In a world where skepticism about new technology is beginning to grow, companies are scrambling to get in line to check out this new VR offering.“

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Tech on Deck 2015: Robert Scoble Interviews IonVR Founder

“I think we’ve figured out what http:// www.techondeck2015.com/ should be in the future: finding future Allen and Co attendees. This interview made my entire week. Why? Because this is the best of the mobile VR headsets I’ve seen (and I’ve seen most of them at this point).

//ionvr.com/ has the best optics and special technology that keeps you from gettingsick when watching VR.”

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Some Of The Most Interesting VR Technology May Have Not Even Been At E3

“The market will continue to search out and support those with the strongest user bases, feature sets, and content availability. The team at IonVR have taken all of these factors into consideration with their IonVR headset, and it could easily become one of the biggest competitors to Samsung’s Gear VR, especially when you consider that it supports Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android on the same device. That’s something only Google can say with Google Cardboard, and that experience is the lowest common denominator equivalent of VR, not something that most people will want to use for very long.”

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Use These Buzzwords to Bone Up on the Technology of the Future

“Moorhead’s bet for a new virtual reality company to successfully challenge Oculus Rift is on IonVR. ‘This to me provides the sickness-proof of Oculus, at a lower price,’ says Moorhead.”

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The Future of Virtual Reality

“IonVR is the newest and arguably one of the most exciting VR solutions in the works today.”

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