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5 Hot Virtual Reality Picks From MWC 2016

Virtual reality was the spicy side dish to the main serving of smartphones at Mobile World Congress this year. Products on display included headsets, 360-degree cameras, and immersive gaming devices. Here are our five favorite picks from the show floor.
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Samsung Gear 360
In order to make 360-degree videos affordable for many, Samsung introduced the Gear 360, a consumer-grade 360-degree video camera that can be used to make immersive videos and full-circle images.
The camera was introduced at the same time as the new Galaxy S7 line. It features a dual-CMOS, 15-megapixel sensor, and dual F2.0 lenses. Capture resolution is up to 3840 x 1920 on dual video recording, and 7776 x 3888 (30 megapixels) on dual still pictures. It has 1 GB of internal RAM, can take a MicroSD up to 128 GB, and connects via Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and WiFi. Full specs are available here.
The Gear 360 is compatible with the Google Street View app. Users will be able to capture and publish their Photo Spheres to Street View.
(Image: Pablo Valerio for InformationWeek)

Samsung Gear 360

In order to make 360-degree videos affordable for many, Samsung introduced the Gear 360, a consumer-grade 360-degree video camera that can be used to make immersive videos and full-circle images.

The camera was introduced at the same time as the new Galaxy S7 line. It features a dual-CMOS, 15-megapixel sensor, and dual F2.0 lenses. Capture resolution is up to 3840 x 1920 on dual video recording, and 7776 x 3888 (30 megapixels) on dual still pictures. It has 1 GB of internal RAM, can take a MicroSD up to 128 GB, and connects via Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and WiFi. Full specs are available here.

The Gear 360 is compatible with the Google Street View app. Users will be able to capture and publish their Photo Spheres to Street View.

(Image: Pablo Valerio for InformationWeek)

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jnskm
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2/29/2016 | 4:44:37 PM
Re: LG 360 .. without a phone on your nose
USB Type-C is in its early stages. By the end of 2016 phones, tablets, laptops, and even desktops without USB Type-C will seem archaic. The fact that USB Type-C is reversible, can be used for power, data, and video in such a small connector is a big plus for smartphone brands. You don't need to have an additional HDMI connector, for instance.
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tzubair,
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2/29/2016 | 4:33:53 AM
Re: Resemblance
"I don't see how it can affect the enterprise market though, although are you talking about the various applications these 360 cameras will be having? Companies can exploit the power provided by such a camera. "

@SunitaT0: A large number of companies use videos to demonstrate their products as it's an inexpensive medium. If they can make 360 videos of their products it'd provide a much enhanced experience and users would be able to get a better idea of the products.
Pablo Valerio
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2/29/2016 | 2:59:03 AM
Re: LG 360 .. without a phone on your nose
@nasimson, I think the main issue with the LG model will be price. Both the LG and the Samsung units are designed for the average consumer, not for the hardcore gamer who spends serious money.

Also, the LG model uses USB Type-C, which is only available on a handful of devices.
nasimson
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2/28/2016 | 8:12:02 PM
LG 360 .. without a phone on your nose
LG 360 will be a failure for many reasons: Looks; cable hanging out of the head; high price due to two OLED screens. It does has a weight advantage though as you don't have a mega size phone resting on your nose.
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2/28/2016 | 1:44:15 PM
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@Tzubair: I don't see how it can affect the enterprise market though, although are you talking about the various applications these 360 cameras will be having? Companies can exploit the power provided by such a camera. 
SunitaT0
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2/28/2016 | 1:42:41 PM
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@SachinEE: Like Pablo said, many other companies have tried that. 360 video camera means more power to Google Streetview. I believe 360 Cameras will be the new rage in the coming years.
tzubair
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2/28/2016 | 10:56:23 AM
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@Pablo: I think Samsung is focusing on the 360 video experience because Facebook has invested in Samsung for this project. I personally think it's likely to be the next big thing in terms of the way people experience videos. It will have impact both on the consumer and enterprise market.
Pablo Valerio
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2/28/2016 | 9:32:47 AM
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@SachinEE there were many other devices at the show like that, from small robots with security cameras to rolling cameras on the floor.

But Smasung was focusing on the 360 video experience, as a new way to engage with people and make video a much more inmersive experience for social media. 
SachinEE
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2/28/2016 | 2:08:25 AM
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Samsung should make a 360 security camera with a big cloud storage and let us sync our headsets with it. That'd be cool.
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2/28/2016 | 1:58:42 AM
Resemblance
The Samsung VR headset is pretty good, it resembles the Lenovo K4 Note headgear. But Lenovo headgear had some calibration issues I heard, that shouldn't be the case with Samsung. They would be giving an immersive experience to users.
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