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ZEISS Launches Virtual Reality Headset; Creates App Contest

The technology is compatible with Samsung and Apple phones.

ZEISS has launched its mobile virtual reality (VR) headset, the VR ONE. This device works with smartphones equipped with display sizes between 4.7 and 5.2 in. In order to operate, the user simply places their phone into the headset and launch the appropriate app. The technology is currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6. The company plans to make it available for more phones in the coming months.

The apps that are currently available include the Media Launcher App and the Cinema App. These applications are currently available with the headset. The Cinema App provides users with a virtual movie theater to view 3D films. With the Media Launcher App, users can select and install VR-compatible applications.VR_One

In order to expand its offerings, ZEISS is holding a contest for designers submit ideas and applications for the VR platform. Two winners will be announced; one from the “Ideation” and “Apps” category, respectively. Interested persons can submit their ideas until February 16.

“Particularly as far as system openness and the price are concerned, the headset constitutes a smart solution. Our young team is gathering the feedback on its development potential from the VR community for further improvements,” says Markus Weber, head of Corporate Research and Technology at ZEISS.

For more information, visit ZEISS.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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