Virtual Reality is a field that has yet to bring anything to the table that I feel is worth the money. For $200+, you get a feeling of being immersed in something, whether that’s a movie, or game, etc, that doesn’t feel comfortable enough to continue using in my opinion. At Google I/O 2014, Google released and gave out Google cardboard, which I took to essentially say “we already have the technology in our smartphones, all you need is some cardboard and rubber bands and you have yourself a VR device!” Well, ARCHOS has taken this idea and made it better.
On Thursday, ARCHOS announced via email their ARCHOS VR Glasses. Available in November on archos.com and other retailers for $29.99, this device takes your Android, Windows Phone, or iOS device (up to 6 inches) and turns it into a Virtual Reality experience. You can combine it with the upcoming ARCHOS Bluetooth game controller for an immersive gaming experience. Or watch movies on it with upcoming ARCHOS Video Player update, and you’ll feel as though you’re watching a 3D movie in a theater.
In my opinion, this is the best way to implement VR. Simple, cheap, and requires nothing more than your smartphone and its content. I think ARCHOS is on to something here.
What do you think of this device?