Ever since Oculus announced its virtual reality headset, we have seen quite a many companies foraying into the space. Google unveiled its own affordable VR headset Cardboard at I/O earlier this year, and Samsung too announced the VR Gear last month at the IFA event. The latest to join the list is Carl Zeiss. Best known for its camera lenses, Carl Zeiss has announced VR One, its first virtual reality headset. The headset works with both Android and iOS devices, and costs just $99.
This is probably the first virtual reality gear that is said to work with iOS operating system. And unlike Google’s Cardboard and Samsung’s VR Gear, the device will be able to pair up with a wide range of smartphones. The company says that VR One will be compatible with 4.7-inch to 5.2-inch handsets. So the iOS device it will support is iPhone 6. The company mentioned that it will be selling separate trays to have the devices slot in accurately, and an additional tray costs only $10.
Carl Zeiss showcased two apps – an image viewer and an AR proof of concept. It seems likely that the company hasn’t made many apps for the platform just yet. So it also released the SDK to developers to add apps and other features to the headset. The headset is now available for pre-orders and its first batch will ship by Christmas later this year.