Carl Zeiss set to produce the $99 VR One headset

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We recently told you about a cool app that will allow you to add captions to Google Glass, and last month we talked about a similar gadget called the Baidu Eye. Now, one of the biggest names in optics has turned their eye to wearables of a different variety as the Carl Zeiss VR One headset is in the works.

Carl Zeiss is one of the last names you’ll think of when it comes to VR, but the company knows their optics and aim to make a mark in the world of VR tech. There’s plenty of room at the table, and the VR One headset can fill the gap between the expensive Oculus Rift and somewhat expensive Samsung Gear VR.

The Carl Zeiss VR One headset is going to be “open” like the Rift, and it’s priced much lower as the team behind the tech is shooting for a $99 price tag. The gadget will make use of different trays to ensure it can work with a wide array of smartphones, they just have to be between 4.7 and 5.2-inches and run iOS or Android. This is huge as it allows dev’s to get in on the action early while also opening up VR to a wider range of consumers.

A $99 VR One headset may sound like a dream, but the team at Zeiss is set to make it a reality in time for the holiday rush. That’s right, the VR One is scheduled to arrive in December, and the first “trays” will work with the new iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. One will be added based on customer and developer feedback, and you can rest assured there will be a lot of requests.

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The bad news is you won’t be able to do a lot with the Carl Zeiss VR One headset out of the box as the functionality is limited. There’s an AR concept demo and a photo viewer included, but that’s about it at the moment. That said, the company will hold a contest for dev’s in the near future, and that will really open things up for the VR One headset.

Is the VR One something you would consider buying for $99 even if it’s a bit limited at first?

via – Wired

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