In this edition of Mobile Monday, we are celebrating another entrant into the cardboard virtual reality market, what Fove’s eye-tracking VR project could mean for the user experience, and how Apple is expected to follow-suit with a peer-to-peer payment solution.
All Aboard the Cardboard VR Train
At long last, Google Cardboard isn’t the only low-cost cardboard-based virtual reality headset on the market: China smartphone maker OnePlus has released their OnePlus Cardboard VR device. Made to fit the One, their low-price Android phone, the combination of their phone and cardboard viewing device may make this the cheapest alternative to the Oculus Rift yet.
Fove Raises Funds for Eye-Tracking VR
Of course, not everyone is interested in a cardboard virtual-reality option. Fove recently raised nearly a half a million dollars on Kickstarter to fund its VR device. What sets this device apart from other VR devices like the Oculus Rift of Sony’s Porject Morpheus, is that the Fove will utilize eye-tracking.
As Mike Minotti describes it, “this means the helmet not only knows which way your head is tilted but also where exactly your eyes are looking.” As current iterations of VR are nauseating for some users, adding eye tracking may help improve the user experience as more realistic focal point shifting will become possible.
Apple To Follow Suit with Peer-to-Peer Payments
Just a few weeks after VentureBeat reported that Google Wallet would live on as a peer-to-peer payments app, Apple has acquired a patent for its own P2P payments technology. Based on the patent’s description, users would be able to send payments to each other at no cost through a secure system utilizing encrypted payment packets that are activated through tokens.
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