Travel anywhere in the world with these VR gadgets and accessories
Think there's no way you can save summer 2020? Think again. While you may not be able to take that flight to Rome, you can still discover the world from your home. Virtual travel is experiencing soaring demand, and these are the VR gadgets that can help you make the most of this technology.
Just because your vacation is canceled doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a boring summer surrounded by your house plants. The world’s wonders are closer than ever before through virtual travel experiences. And the VR gadgets and accessories we’re rounding up here will let you travel anywhere in the world.
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We already wrote about the best VR travel gear you need for the trip of a lifetime back in March. Did you know that the Louvre, Sistine Chapel, and Great Wall of China all have virtual tours you can book? It’s true. Check out the Louvre’s Egyptian collection at your own pace without the crowds. Or, if your interests veer more towards nature, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the San Diego Zoo are also open to virtual travelers. You’ll get up close to these natural wonders and feel good about leaving no travel footprint in the process.
As the demand for virtual travel soars, we’re discovering more gadgets that make the experience as impressive as it should be. That’s why today we’re following up on our spring roundup to keep you updated about what’s out there. And to give those of you with canceled airline tickets something to get excited about.
AMVR VR Stand Headset Holder
You can travel anywhere and still keep your VR gear tidy and organized with the AMVR VR Stand Headset Holder. This gadget displays your Oculus Rift S VR Headset and Oculus Quest All-In-One Headset right on your desk. But it also works with most standard VR headsets, including those from Sony Playstation, HTC Vive, and Samsung.
HTC VIVE Cosmos Premium PC VR System
Travel anywhere and get an immersive experience with the HTC VIVE Cosmos Premium PC VR System. It boasts stunning graphics and realistic sound. Also, the RGB displays offer incredibly sharp and clear visuals. Take in all the details of the artwork at the museum with this VR system.
TESLASUIT Full-Body Haptic Suit
Feel like you’re there with the TESLASUIT Full-Body Haptic Suit. This garment combines haptics, motion capture, and biometry for physical VR experiences, including VR training. The suit itself contains cutting-edge wearable technology with sensor inputs and outputs. From touch sensations to feelings of physical exertion, you’ll encounter scenarios as if you’ve lived them. This is a gadget that’s mostly used for training and developer purposes. But it sure is exciting to see what we can expect from VR in the future. The TESLASUIT also has gloves, so maybe you’ll get a sense of what the Parthenon feels like someday.
HaptX Gloves VR Simulation Wearable
Along those lines, the HaptX Gloves VR Simulation Wearable uses advanced haptic technology to give you realistic touch, force feedback, and precise motion tracking. With these gloves, you’ll feel the shape, movement, and texture of particular objects as if they are in your hand. Can you imagine feeling the texture of a rare bird as you make your way, virtually, through the San Diego Zoo? It’s a possibility, and these gloves offer the first step.
RotoVR Virtual Reality Chair
When you’re having the virtual reality travel experience of a lifetime, you won’t want to sit in just any chair. And the RotoVR Virtual Reality Chair ensures that you don’t have to. This chair has built-in haptic vibration and immersive head-tracking technology. It will help you bring the thrill of those roller coaster rides right into your living room. Travel anywhere and feel like you’re there with this incredible chair.
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset combines augmented reality and virtual reality for a whole new experience. This MR headset tracks your movements using a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. These are sensors that won’t disturb your virtual world as external sensors would. Instead, this headset always knows where you are so that it can craft the world around you.
Valve Index Ergonomically Designed VR Headset
You might want to spend a few hours at the Smithsonian. In that case, you’ll need a comfortable VR headset. The Valve Index Ergonomically Designed VR Headset is perfect for extended VR sessions. Designed for minimal skin contact, it ensures you won’t sweat while playing. The fabric is fitted with antimicrobial tissue, which makes it soft on the skin and easy to clean.
StarVR One VR Headset
If you’re looking for a serious way to get into the world of virtual travel, the StarVR One VR Headset is what you need. It has an innovative eye-tracking system and crystal clear display. When you’re traveling, the screen takes into account where your eyes focus so it reacts accordingly.
VRGO Mini Virtual Reality Movement Controller
The VRGO Mini Virtual Reality Movement Controller gives you a new way to move through your alternate-reality environment. Just place this small VR controller on the seat of your chair and sit on it. This VR movement controller lets you navigate through virtual worlds by tilting your body. Can you imagine walking through the Sistine Chapel as if you were there? You really can travel anywhere with the right VR gear.
SteelSeries Stratus Duo Multi-Platform Wireless Controller
Need a portable virtual travel experience? Then you’ll want to check out the SteelSeries Stratus Duo Multi-Platform Wireless Controller. Compatible with Android, Windows, and VR, this versatile device makes it easy to have a virtual experience anywhere you want. The Stratus Duo allows you to use a range of devices since it doesn’t require any software.
Facebook Proof-of-Concept Virtual Reality Headset
This is a concept design from Facebook, but if it’s ever produced there won’t be a better way to enjoy virtual reality. In the form of lightweight glasses, the Facebook Proof-of-Concept Virtual Reality Headset has a display thickness of less than 9mm with a field of view that’s similar to your typical consumer VR products. Facebook says this headset can also project images to your eyes through a technique called holographic optics.
Even though your summer travel vacation plans probably didn’t materialize, don’t throw in the towel on 2020 travel just yet. There are still plenty of places you can visit and things you can learn through VR travel tours. And, if some of the concept ideas make their way into consumer products, virtual travel could be an experience like none other. Would you book a virtual travel tour if you could use this gear? Let us know!
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