March 24, 2015

Impression Pi is Everything a VR Headset Should Be — It Just Can't Pull It Off

“Everybody agrees that at some point, you want the lightest, smallest pair of glasses or goggles, and you want to see your hands naturally, and you want to see your body naturally, and you want to feel like you're 100 percent totally there.”

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said this a few months after his company introduced the Gear VR, a headset based around a Samsung smartphone instead of a separate computer. The wireless Gear VR frees users from being tethered to a desk, but it’s hard not to wish it went further — that a “mobile” headset would involve a lot more actual mobility. When Oculus acquired a hand-tracking company called Nimble VR a few months later, the future seemed clear: light, mobile headsets could let you navigate an...

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