Get in line to order your Oculus Rift VR headset. Sure you can pre-order them now. But be prepared to fork out several hundred dollars for them, $600 in fact. In the meantime, if you want to experience Virtual Reality, immersive surrounding video and even augmented reality, there are plenty of other ways to experiences this in a much more budget-conscious manner. Google has provided Google Cardboard which is an inexpensive, but flimsy, VR headset and a way to see 3D videos that allow you to look around in a “practically there” type of experience. And there are games available on smartphones that let you play by moving your head. Even media establishments like the New York Times are providing Google Cardboard to allow its subscribers to immerse themselves in video stories that filmed to see depth and let you look around. But, if you want something in between the cheap and fragile Google Cardboard and the expensive and potentially scarce Oculus Rift, there are two other solutions by Homido – the $15 Homido mini and the $80 Homido.
So what is a VR Headset? VR stands for “Virtual Reality” in case you have been missing all of the hype around this immersive technology. In fact, this type of technology has been around since the 1800’s. The stereoscope was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1838. A flat, two-dimensional image can be viewed with 3-D depth using stereoscopy. Essentially, two different images (offset slightly) are presented uniquely to each eye and the brain is able to interpret this as a multi-dimensional image, giving it depth of field. The bulky device that Wheatstone invented used drawings since photography hadn’t been invented.