Occipital Bridge VR headset review is about the most interesting VR headset that comes from Occipital where the headset has enabled moving around in the Virtual Space. This VR headset has a the Occipital structure sensor attached to it at the top making all of the detailed positional trackings in VR possible.
The Occipital Bridge VR headset sports the mixed reality concept which is soon to be seen on the Xbox One VR headset. The Bridge VR headset is indeed amazing since it brings virtual reality and mixed reality to the smartphone VR headset clan. It is very rare that we can find a combination of this kind among VR headsets that are available in the market.
Concept Behind Introducing the Bridge
The Bridge VR headset makers wanted to create a relation between the real world and fantasy so that people could interact with objects in the virtual world and these characters could even be brought to the real world through the VR headset.
Imagine having a few characters from a game walk around in your living room, that is something which the Occipital Bridge VR headset is capable of. It can even be used to just experience the VR world without any interruptions and the experience on the headset is as good as any other premium VR headset available in the market.
Mixed Reality or Virtual Reality?
One of the best features of this VR headset is that you can choose if you want to be in the Mixed Reality mode or the Virtual Reality mode. It really depends on which type of mode you want to experience and can change the settings accordingly.
The feature that is barely available in most of the smartphone VR headset is the positional tracking and with the Bridge VR headset along with the 6 DoF which enables you to track the position to stunning mixed reality experiences. There are apps that enable you to fully experience both the modes.
The positional tracking enables you to roam around the room and that action being replicated in the game. You should be careful about the objects around so it is better if you have some free space. This feature is usually seen in VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or the HTC vive, having it in a smartphone-based VR headset is really amazing and something unique.
The sensing range of the Occipital bridge VR headset is 3.5 meters and the depth map which updates at the rate od 30fps which is pretty good for a smartphone-based VR headset. This ensures a pretty accurate positional tracking which is usually not found in the case of other VR headsets making Occipital Bridge one of its kind.
Teleportation is taken to another level!
The most amazing feature of the Occipital Bridge is that you can instantly shift between mixed reality to virtual reality and it does that beautifully. You can walk right through a wall and enter into a spaceship or you could see the Stonehedge from your window.
The transition that takes place is extremely beautiful and you should try taking a look at the video on how exactly it merges the Virtual reality and the mixed reality. The bridge engine portal support makes the combination of the two realities possible on the Bridge VR headset.
Bridget is one of the robots that comes with their software and you can actually see the robot move around your room and do things for you. The way everything looks in the Occipital VR headset is pretty amazing and I think it is really a great VR headset for iPhone users.
There is character pathfinding which you can use in order to integrate pathfinding methods to Bridget’s behavior in order make the little robot believable. The characters can beautifully navigate in the real world making the entire experience really immersive and believable.
The Occipital Bridge is compatible with iPhone and it uses the iPhone camera to accurately analyze the depth of objects and the color camera is used in order to provide very realistic experiences with the Bridge VR headset. The optical alignment system in the bridge relies on the calibration of the iPhone Camera and the structure sensor.
The entire VR headset sounds too good to be true but it is actually a working VR headset which is best for iPhone users. If you think that the android phone users have got an edge over iPhone users for VR then you are wrong because the Occipital bridge is one of the best VR headsets for iPhone users that is around in the VR headsets competition.
All about the Bridge Engine
The Bridge Engine coupled with the Structure Sensor’s ability enables the VR headset to track the position of an object in the 3D mesh. The Bridge Engine works on making the mixed reality to virtual reality transition smooth and vice versa.
Bridge usually works with other software in order to give you the right amount of positional tracking and other VR and mixed reality experiences. The entire VR headset is crafted beautifully with the bridge engine being one of the major components that is involved in the working of the VR headset.
The Bridge VR headset is indeed one of the best VR headsets for iPhone users and ahs more than needed features. I think it has been a long time since I have seen a smartphone VR headset which has so many amazing features. The VR headset also comes with a Bridge controller so you can control the characters in VR and mixed Reality.
The overall review for the Occipital Bridge VR headset has to be positive since it is an amazing VR headset with great features. The headset is only for iPhones having the screen size of 4.7- inch but get over it the rest of us have premium VR headsets like Gear VR, although not with as great features as the Occipital bridge but it is better than nothing.
The Occipital Bridge VR headset is a bit pricey since it costs $399 which is the highest priced smartphone-based VR headset. However, if you look at all the features, there is no VR headset made which would compete with the features of the Occipital VR headset.
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