E3, the holy grail of events for gamers, this year has seen quite a lot of Virtual Reality (VR) announcements — marking the growth of this blooming new industry. Popular optics company Zeiss announced an upgrade to its 2 year old VR One VR headset with an all new Zeiss VR One Plus (not to be confused with OnePlus VR).
The original VR One’s shortcoming was that it supported only a handful of smartphones which required a custom tray slider, however that has been taken care of now as the VR One Plus supports all phones with screen sizes 4.7 to 5.5 inches. It now has a modular approach as both the cushioning and headstraps can be changed to adjust to its users’ comfort.
But that’s certainly not the reason why we are interested in this, of course. The company — along with the launch of the headset –also announced that it can give you a live First Person View (FPV) feed of DJI’s drones like the Phantom 3, Phantom 4 and the Inspire 1 series. This is made possible thanks to DJI’s Lightbridge technology that enables a low latency HD video downlink. This, according to the company’s claims, is much better regular 2.4G WiFi downlink of their rivals’ drones.
Zeiss’ announcement might sound really cool, but considering that the VR One Plus is just like any other Google Cardboard-like VR headset (unlike Samsung’s Gear VR which has its own IMU) we realized that all the magic happens with an app.
A quick Google search revealed that the app is from a company called CloudlightFPV. The app is currently only available on the Apple store which is a big downer considering that the current gen iPhones aren’t that great for VR. However it does give you full 360-degree head-tracking horizontally and a 120-degree vertical tracking due to limitations of camera movement on the drone. There is an on screen HUD which gives you details of battery life, altitude, etc as well.
The Zeiss VR One Plus is available for Pre-Order now for $175.50 and will be going on sale from the month of August. There is also a micro drone 3.0 bundle which does a 720p HD FPV stream for $446.24 in case you don’t have a DJI.