VR That Fits In Your Pocket

In the world of gaming and immersive technology, nothing is currently progressing faster than virtual reality.

What started out as multiple failures throughout the late 1980s and all the way through the 1990s eventually led to the virtual technology we have available today. W

ith devices such as the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, virtual reality looks like it’s here to stay.

Even for non-gamers, the next best things are portable virtual reality headsets. Known as “portables,” these devices can transform your phone into a VR paradise. Many portables exist in the young market today, but one of the newest ones is Speck’s Pocket VR Viewer.

But how does this item shape up? What are its specifications — and will it make an impact in the market? The answer to that last question is a definite yes.

Innovation in Design

One of the coolest aspects of this portable virtual reality viewer is its clever design. Most viewers are rigid and difficult to transport. Speck’s VR Viewer eliminates the portability dilemma.

The viewer can fold, and it even offers lens protection! As another huge bonus, the unit is also lightweight. The viewer’s foldability is a credit to the creative minds behind the Speck VR Viewer, who developed a unique bungee that allows the gadget to bend without breaking. This bungee also shields the lenses from dust when the viewer is closed.

Your introduction into the wondrous world of VR is super-easy to use, too. Just insert your smartphone into the CandyShell Grip case. Then, download the Google Cardboard app and scan the QR code on the back of the viewer.

The final step is to slide the phone back in the case and enjoy getting lost in a fantastic virtual reality!

Compatibility

If you plan to use Speck’s VR Viewer with your phone — which is what it’s designed for — be aware that this device is only compatible with the CandyShell Grip case, which comes included with the viewer.

The Speck VR Viewer will also only work with an iPhone 6s/6 and a Samsung Galaxy S7. Luckily, those two phones just so happen to be two of the bestselling phones in the world.

If you don’t own one of these phones, you can use several other VR viewers that are compatible with your phone. You needn’t worry about being left out of the virtual reality party!

Maintenance

As with any piece of technology, one of the questions bound to arise is going to be about maintenance. How do you keep your viewer in tip-top shape? Do you need to do anything special? One frequent question that falls within maintenance deals with cleaning. Is there a way to clean the VR viewer?

Yes, you can clean your viewer to keep it looking shiny and new.

The first thing you’ll need is a microfiber cloth, to get rid of any dirt or gunk that builds up on the lenses. The other thing you’ll need is a compressed air duster, which cleans the inside panels of the lenses.

Other than that, that’s all you need to know in terms of maintenance!

Portability

Since one of the selling points of this device is its portability, it had better be lightweight. And that’s the perfect word to describe this viewer.

The VR Viewer itself only weighs 2.9 ounces, and the companion CandyShell Grip weighs 1.3 ounces. It also fits in most pants and jacket pockets, so you don’t need to search your closet for the perfect outfit.

Lastly, the viewer comes with a one-year warranty.

The Next Rung of the VR Ladder

Speck’s Pocket VR Viewer is the next step in the evolution of portables. It’s both lightweight and flexible enough to carry with you anywhere you go.

It’s an incredible viewer that is sure to be the measuring stick for portable viewers going forward.

And the best news is, you can get yours today — it released in spring 2016 and only costs $69.95.

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Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a Pittsburgh-based tech writer contributing to MakeUseOf, The Gadget Flow and Smart Hustle. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts!