Dodo Smartvr ($39.95)
This miniature, compact, and totally portable virtual reality viewer fits discreetly in
your pocket or personal carryall. Its sturdy components fold down to the size of an
iPhone SE. The Smartvr holds your iPhone securely in clamp slots and has a faceplate
with a notch that rests on your nose. While the absence of a head strap means you
have to use your hands to hold the viewer in place, the added portability makes this
innovative gadget one of our favorite options for consuming VR content on the go.
This basic cardboard viewer won’t set you
back much financially and offers a great way
to get your feet wet with VR. The Veer is
lightweight, easy to assemble, and relatively
sturdy. A velcro latch on the door encloses
your smartphone and an adjustable elastic
headband keeps the headset in place as you
twirl around your living room.
Zeiss VR One Plus ($64.99-$99.99)
Featuring Zeiss’s world-renowned premium optics, the VR
One Plus serves up your content in its crispest form and at the
highest resolution possible. The headset provides sufficient space
to accommodate eyeglasses (a big plus indeed) and includes a
universal smartphone tray that accepts iPhones with display sizes
ranging from 4. 7–5. 5 inches. The VR One Plus is a stylish and
modern affair, complete with ventilation ports, a clear front shield
to allow for use with AR apps, a comfortable head strap, and
plush foam internal padding.
Blitz Wolf BW-VR3 ($19.99-$24.99)
This exceptionally comfortable headset features a
unique, binocular-like lens adjusting system, whereby
you twist manual dials to adjust the focus of the internal
lenses (a great feature for anyone who wears glasses).
While the headset is relatively lightweight and well-padded, the latch and clamp in the front compartment
feel a tad flimsy, so you should handle with care.
Notably, a detachable front door panel allows users to
take advantage of AR apps as well.
SLIP INTO OTHER WORLDS WITH THESE
IMMERSIVE VR HEADSETS
BY DIG OM
GETTING STARTED WITH VR
Virtual Reality (VR) is a relatively new technology that surrounds viewers in 360
degrees of completely digitally generated environments. You can move your head
around in three-dimensional space and experience a simulated world wherever
you look: up, down, and side to side. Imagine being virtually transported to a roof-top as you perform parkour, or the Serengeti where you’re surrounded by a herd
of elephants! The potential for VR is tremendous, and it’s still in its infancy!
The fact that iOS apps, when paired with a VR headset, allow you to utilize
VR is impressive in and of itself. That being said, the technology has a way to go
before it truly mimics the real world. Currently VR on iOS suffers from mediocre
graphics, partly because of the ultra-high resolution needed to provide realistic
visuals in this intimate medium. Sometimes-sketchy graphics aside, VR and AR
are the wave of the future, and there are plenty of educational and entertaining
ways to make the most of this new technology.
Whether you are new to VR or have been playing around in virtual realms for
a while, we recommend trying free VR apps, including Veer VR, Within - VR,
and VR Tube to explore a variety of original, mind-bending VR content.