LG To Give Away FREE Virtual Reality Headset With G3
Purchasers also get a free VR game called Robobliteration.
The headset is based on Google’s Cardboard design, which uses a smartphone’s display as the virtual-reality display.
A smartphone is inserted into the viewer and held in place. Multiple third-party supplier’s offer pre-made headsets for phones of various brands and sizes.
LG’s G3-specific headset features a side-mounted neodymium ring magnet that works with the G3’s magnetic gyroscope sensor to select applications and scroll through menus without touching the display.
The VR for G3 requires no assembly other than inserting the phone into the viewer. When inserted, users view apps through the G3’s Quad HD display.
The headset is also designed to use the G3’s back-side keys, including volume control. The design enables the VR for G3 to take advantage of the phone’s 1-watt speaker to deliver sound effects that complement the visuals, the company said. “By leveraging Google Cardboard, not only are regular consumers able to participate in the VR experience, [but] we’ll be able to introduce this technology to future developers who may one day show us how VR can be used to improve our lives,” said Chris Yie, VP and head of marketing communications for LG Electronics Mobile Communications.