As enticing the Virtual Reality era sounds, the harsh reality is that not all of us can afford to buy a VR headset. With Oculus Rift’s price starting from $600 (not taking into account that you must have a high-end PC to use it), everyone’s looking for a more affordable alternative.
Samsung Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard are some of the cheapest ways to experience the new virtual reality experience, but they have their limitations. However, there’s yet hope to enjoy VR without having to empty your bank account or to tighten the belt.
Introducing the Bridge Headset, a Virtual Reality device created by Occipital for iPhone users. So, who’s the Bridge headset any different from Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard? Well, compared to its peers, the Bridge Headset is capable of rendering frames in full VR, rather than taking advantage of a pseudo-stereoscopic effect.
Occipital’s Bridge will be able to take full advantage of the environment using its state-of-the-art, super-duper, positional Structure Sensor, and the iPhone camera adapter. The positional structure sensor, which is mounted on top of the device, will scan your environment in order to see if there are any obstacles nearby.
Using this headset, you will be able to turn real-life objects into VR items. The Bridge headset is also outfitted with a proximity sensor, which goes out loud each time you’re getting near an obstacle. That way, you won’t be in danger of colliding with any of the stuff laying around the room.
As you would have guessed by now, the new iPhone compatible VR headset has a room VR feature, which allows you to use the physical environment as a point of reference in the VR world.
The feature was first implemented by HTC Vive VR, but setting it up was a trick, since it required careful calibration and room sensors. Bridge’s room VR doesn’t need any special attention – once the headset is turned on, the feature springs into action, transforming your living room into your virtual playground, or battle arena, whichever suits your fancy.
Another thing that makes Bridge headset a good choice for VR lovers is its ability to combine virtual reality with real-life. Using its advanced video rendering techniques, the headset can transform each object in its vicinity into something totally unexpected.
Bottom line: it’s good, it’s very good. It’s probably one of the best quality/price VR headset on the market.
You can now order the Bridge Explorer Edition from the company’s website for $499 or you can pre-order Bridge for $399 (price does not include Structure Sensor and will be shipped out starting on the 17th of March, 2017.
Image source: Bridge Occipital