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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Samsung 'working on a virtual reality headset'

Rhiannon Williams

Published 23/05/2014|14:52

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Samsung is said to be working on a new virtual reality headset set to be announced later this year.

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Working models of the headset are reportedly powered by existing Samsung devices, including the flagship Galaxy S5. A consumer version is likely to run off more powerful, yet--to-be-released devices.

A virtual headset would put Samsung in direct competition with the likes of Facebook's recent acquisition Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus.

The new device is likely to feature an OLED screen, numerous cameras positioned towards the player's face and a wireless connection to the device powering it, according to Engadget.

The most probable purpose for the headset would be to enhance mobile gaming, though it could also be used for immersive experience videos.

A tongue-in-cheek virtual reality project designed to give chickens the impression of roaming about has also been launched in the US.

The Second Livestock project is the brainchild of Iowa State University assistant professor Austin Stewart, who proposes fitting chickens with Oculus Rift headsets to give them the experience of roaming around and socialising with other feathered friends.

Fitting caged chickens with the headsets could provide them with the physical and psychological benefits of living free range, Stewart suggests.

Pecking at virtual food would correlate with the chickens' food location in the physical world, and day and night cycles would be also be synced to avoid confusing the birds' circadian rhythms.

 

Telegraph.co.uk

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