​Home for the holidays with my family, and virtual reality

2 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Internet for Gear VR brings the web right to your eyes.

Maybe it’s my game industry roots talking, but when I think of virtual reality, the last thing I imagine is checking updates on Facebook or poking through a Reddit thread.Samsung has announced its latest in the virtual reality world – the Samsung Internet for Gear VR – a browser that is says will enrich VR content ecosystem for its consumers.Bigwig South Korean device maker Samsung revealed in a Tuesday announcement that it has launched a web browser for its new Gear VR virtual reality headset.

According to Samsung, Gear VR users will be able to browse the web without having to remove the headset and to ensure that the users don’t need anything extra for text input, Samsung has built into the browser, support for voice recognition as well as an on-screen keyboard. What’s more exciting is it will let you watch videos from websites directly on the headset, putting away the hassle of downloading them in a separate app.

If the urge to add a comment to the Internet void hits you, Samsung Internet takes advantage of both voice input and a Gaze Mode keyboard to facilitate hands-free typing. Some of its features include voice recognition for input, an on screen keyboard, headset Gaze Mode to select menus by just looking at them and it will also let you import bookmarks from other browsers. The resolution in Gear VR will be half of what you get on your smartphone and combine that with the magnification that the VR lenses provide, and you will have some blurry text to deal with.

There are a few sites to get started with in your default bookmarks, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and YouTube with a tab for more recommended sites once you start browsing a bunch. The “Gaze Mode” is actually quite handy, and if you look at a specific item for a second or so, it’ll “click” the link for you automatically. Since the Oculus Store is developer-friendly, I hope that we get to see some tests and betas from other folks who have an idea of how the web should look in VR.

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