Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment (or create an imaginary setting) and simulate a user’s physical presence in this environment. VR has been defined as “…a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body” or as an “immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer”.
Merlin, one of the makers of the newest innovation and technology has just released their entry level version of the VR glasses. Dubbed as the Immersive 3D VR Pro, these glasses will let you experience virtual reality without breaking the bank. The keyword here is “immerse” because you will really find yourself engrossed in whatever you’re watching through the glasses.
I have downloaded some apps to be able to try how it works and the results were surprisingly good. For the price you will pay, I believe it’s more than worth it. To start with, you need to insert your phone into the slot and start the app. In simpler terms, it works by using your phone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to track your movement and that will enable you to watch these 360-degree panoramic videos and movies.
I have tried using it inside the house and I watched a movie and it was really enjoyable. I also tried it outside to check if I will still hear the background noise but I didn’t although I kind of made a fool out of myself by wearing it outside. 😂
This particular VR product comes with a headset function wherein you can just plug your phone so that the sounds will come out of the cans. It also has a strap to make sure it fits snugly into your head and so it won’t fall as you use it.
I have only tried using it using an iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus and I didn’t have any problem. In the factsheet, it says it fits Android as well as other iOS devices that are longer than four inches.
The Merlin Immersive 3D Pro will set you back $41.00 or AED 150 which is really affordable considering the endless possibilities that you can do with the glasses. It’s not the best out there but is a good gadget to start with if you want to enter the world of Virtual Reality.
For more information, visit Merlin’s website here