Samsung Considering Facial Tracking for Gear VR

Posted on Dec 7 2016 - 5:35pm by Robert

The battle for virtual reality supremacy has really warmed up in recent times. While the Samsung VR gear is widely seen as being an affordable option, there are other VR headsets that are regarded as being of higher technical quality.

However, news of a recent patent from Samsung suggests that the Samsung Gear VR headset could be about to move up to the next level. This is because the next model in the range could be the first to include facial and eye tracking.

Of course, this is something that is likely to give users an even more impressive and immersive virtual reality experience. At the moment, the Gear VR equipment lacks the powerful components that allow users of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to explore virtual worlds with in-room movement detection.

Currently a Stationary VR Experience


As yet, the Gear is only able to give a stationary VR experience. However, the arrival of the new electrographic and infrared sensors will allow for far greater interaction and a more natural experience.

As this is still just a patent it isn’t clear when this technology will first appear in the shops. The next opportunity to reveal it would appear to be when the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled at February’s Mobile World Congress.

If this is the case then it would definitely raise the bar for other manufacturers to try and match them.

Have you tried a VR headset yet? If so, did it give you the sort of immersive experience you expected to receive?

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