Strap a tablet to your face with AirVR

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Samsung and Oculus recently announced a partnership to bring Virtual Reality to the masses with its Samsung Gear VR goggles, which is a pretty sexy way of slapping a Galaxy Note 4 on your face. What if you aren’t keen on Samsung though, and want to look like a complete idiot with a tablet affixed to your head? That’s where AirVR comes in.

It’s on Kickstarter right now and it’ll allow you to strap an iPhone 6+ or iPad mini to your head, allowing you to beam 3D virtual reality straight in to your eyeballs.

“The iPad Mini and iPhone 6+ include a of range sensors including GPS, digital compass, wireless networking, microphone, speakers, cameras, as well as barometer and proximity on the iPhone 6+,” the developer says on its Kickstarter page.

“This gives AirVR high quality positional tracking capable of accurately locating a user’s position and orientation within a space, while remaining mobile and low cost. And by using the camera feed, users can also see what’s in front of them, opening the door for high fidelity AR applications. This level of accuracy and integration is vital for making the most immersive VR experiences possible.”

Now before your laugh at how ridiculous it looks (oops, too late!) if it works as promised it’s actually a pretty good idea – as it gives VR a relatively cheap entry point, coming in at just 49 Canadian Dollars, eh.

Check it out.

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The whole thing’s wireless, bringing untethered VR, and works using a plate that separates the iDevice’s screen in to two halves; one for each eye. There’re a number of apps already in development for it, and full support for the ubiquitous Unity’s 3D SDK – meaning there’s likely to be a wealth of  content for it – as silly as it looks.

As far as controlling content goes; the thing leaves a little context sensitive touch strip at the bottom, though that sounds unwieldy as all heck. Instead, you’re probably better off going with a 3rd party controller.

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Last Updated: September 18, 2014

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  • Just Saying

    Hell, I don’t know anybody that is that much “into” their tablet

    • You ever met an iPad owner? Zoe?! Clean up on fruit isle!

      • HvR

        For proof you do not have look any further than this
        http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/fleshipad

        • Brady miaau

          a NFSW would have been appreciated, about twenty seconds ago

          • HvR

            LOL, all links in Lazygamer comments section comes with an automatic NSFW tag. Links from me, Umar and Avo comes with Not Safe For Any Human With Morals tag.

          • Brady miaau

            Fair enough 🙂

      • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

        Fruit Isle? Is that in the Pacific? 😉

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      According to their KS page there’s 170 (as of now) people who’re that into their tablets.

  • WarframedSquirrel

    These people need a few hundred high fives… to the face… with chairs.

    • Hammersteyn

      With their tablets strap on.
      “The chair looks so real” *wham*

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      I volunteer for application and administration of this event

  • Hammersteyn

    The hipster beards doesn’t really help their case in making it look less silly.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Maybe if it was portrait instead of landscape?

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    OMG WHY can’t this retarded VR trend just DIE already?

    • Hammersteyn

      Because suits believe there’s money to be made. Like 3D movies.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Oh great, I just read the tags. Now I can’t stop giggling.

    • Hammersteyn

      I had to Google the word twonk. Word of the day!

      • It’s my pet name for Darryn; no word of a lie.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          LOOOL

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You can add twerp as well.

        • I think he was trying to write twerp but got it wrong.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You mean like you just did before stealth editing? BWHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Yip, big difference is I can copycheck 😛

      • HvR

        LOL

        Derogitary term, roughly equivalent to idiot. More insulting than berk, but less insulting that gimp.

        Never knew there is a scale of insult.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          The scale of insult, now in stores!

  • This is what I think when reading the above http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/2012/12/05/071820/82950792/7.gif

  • Ryanza
  • WolfyZA

    Taking internet porn to new frontiers… Just make sure your home alone ofcourse, dont want that akward moment after jerking the unicorn to see somebody was standing at the door the whole time now, do we?

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Hopefully it’ll be compatible with that boob-grabbing game. Then they can stand there and just talk. SO IRONIC.

    • HvR

      Combined with an extended Fleshipad you can have a full service

  • TGS Babay (Umar)
  • Jedi Consular Kromas

    What I can not for the life of me understand is why they are still trying to use motion sensors for all this crap.

  • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    This has always been my opinion on VR headsets: you look ridiculous wearing one.

    What difference does it make what brand you use?

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora
  • Asturias_Knytt

    If this becomes popular I’ll have one more reason to hate fellow humans.

  • Pieter Smal

    Demmit – where is the dislike button when you need it?

  • Michael

    ROFL, only if I can strap that stop snoring thing to my face at the same time.

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