Now that Virtual Reality has established itself in the tech industry, companies all over the world are racing to make high-quality VR experiences available to the public. In the growing breed of large, heavy and uncomfortable VR headsets, Dlodlo (a Chinese company whose name is difficult to pronounce) announced a fashionable pair - the Dlodlo V1.
The V1 is 16 mm thin and weighs just 88 grams. It is also a surprisingly well-spec’ed headset with a 2k+ (2400x1200) display which results in 800+ ppi resolution, a 90 Hz refresh rate and a 105 degree field of view. Basically, it combines the best of both design and technology. The headset is, on paper, better than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
To power the V1, Dlodlo uses its portable ‘Dlodlo D1’ brick that has a large touchpad and runs a customised version Android 5.0. The Dlodlo D1 has a micro-HDMI port, which means it can take input from a variety of devices - from phones to PCs to gaming consoles. The Dlodlo D1 acts as the brain for the Dlodlo V1 headset. With a quad-core processor and a 3000 mAh battery, the D1 should be able to power the headset for 2-3 hours of playback.
With so much awesomeness thrown into a small package that is supposed to retail on Kickstarter for $559 (cheaper than Oculus Rift!), the Dlodlo seems too good to be true. But it is indeed really good. Raymond Wong (@raywongy) from Mashable got a chance with the V1, and he concludes: "I only had a brief moment to try out the V One, but I'm already sold. This is the future of VR headsets. It shames the Rift, Vive and Gear VR on size."
Wong writes about a few gripes he had with the headset’s nose-pads that didn’t fit him well. Luckily, Dlodlo is making interchangeable nose-pads so fitting shouldn’t be an issue. Wong also wrote that the headset blocked external light well and the high-res display managed to omit the “screen door effect” prevalent in many VR headsets.
When can you order the V1 (and D1) for yourself? There is no information about it. However, you can keep a lookout on Dlodlo’s website for all updates.
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