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Gear VR: Samsung invents an even better headset

by Jacob Kleinman | May 27, 2015May 27, 2015 4:20 pm PDT

Samsung’s Gear VR is a pretty amazing product, but it’s nowhere near as immersive as Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. That may not be the case for long though, based on a recent patent from the South Korean company that may offer a glimpse at the future of Gear VR.

The patent, which was filed in late 2014, packs the Gear VR with pretty much every type of upgrade imaginable. Everything from new software and sensors to display technology is included, though that doesn’t mean any of it will actually make the cut in future Samsung headsets.

For example, Samsung considers adding a display, a projector or even holograms to take on the competition. It also details new components to reduce blurring, which could make you less dizzy or carsick during prolonged use. The company even considers iris, fingerprint and infrared scanners, along with more obvious additions like RAM, SSD storage, a SIM card slot and a built-in camera with flash. Finally, Samsung discusses new software which could add health-focused apps to Gear VR.

It’s unclear what Samsung will do with all these ideas, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the company continue to add more hardware and features down the line. Still, it could be a while before we see any major changes actually roll out, and for now we’re pretty happy with the current version of Gear VR which still primarily relies on the power of a smartphone. That alone is pretty incredible.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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