The device is designed to bring virtual reality to smartphone users by connecting 5G to the cloud.
DragonVein and VLAVR, two of the companies that are part of the GSMA initiative to drive the arrival of the Cloud VR/AR with 5G, showed their virtual reality viewer for mobile at the Huawei 2018 Global Mobile Broadband Forum held this week in London. MiniVR it is a device designed for 5G smartphones that has a 3K resolution, operates at 90 Hz and offers 105º of FOV, all in a form factor of type glasses with a light weight of 105 grams.
The companies have not shared the complete specifications, although they do point out in another statement that the screens, which are probably OLED microdisplays, have more than 800 dpi. Judging by the images, it seems to be a product without absolute positioning (only 3dof).
As we can see in the previous image, the glasses include under each lens what seems to be a lever for hardware adjustment of the interpupillary distance (IPD) and a distance sensor to know if we are wearing them.
The device is connected through a USB type-C cable to the mobile phone, which supplies the contents using cloud services for this purpose. The company plans that such a connection will also be made wirelessly.
“In the near future, the MiniVR will be able to connect to any of the high-performance 5G mobile phones with USB C cable and will become the additional display that takes users into the VR world to experience immersive entertainment. In addition, we are developing a MiniVR wireless solution based on the latest wireless and battery technology. We will bring the best wireless VR experience to our users, ” says Zhang Yue, CEO of VLAVR.
Both companies are working with mobile phone manufacturers such as ZTE and Huawei and chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm, AMD and Rockchips. The viewer will be able to support the most common 5G mobile phones.