21 Sep The Perseids 3D VR/AR Headset Viewer Glasses Review
Innovative Yet Raw 2.0
The Perseids 3D VR/AR viewer is the next generation of the cardboard VR helmets. I think a lot of information was gathered during the 1st generation. Whether you used a Hootoo, Gear, or even an Oculus helmet a lot of the pros and cons were mutual. Whether it was the uncomfortable and anti-social helmets, the poor resolution, and let’s not forget about the investment costs whether it’s $100 for the gear or $500 for Oculus + $1000 for a desktop that can actually handle the games. These criticisms I mentioned among many others seemed to have been at least partially addressed in this generation. For example instead of putting some sweaty, compressing lens on your face instead you attach the helmet to the top of your forehead and a nice convenient mirror hangs over your eyes but nothing is actually touching them. This is interesting as you can choose to see what’s going on around you or you can focus on your phone. This is also a bad thing as there is no way to block out the inherent light from shining into your field of view. Another interesting change is all the different macro focuses available on those 1st gen helmets are all gone. Now what you see is basically what you get there is no way to edit the focus of your view unless you physically move the mirror but it’s definitely not the same. The device allows about 63 degrees of action this is lower then gen 1 helmets which average between 90-110 degrees approximately. I also like how ARikt and ARcore are available outside the box and that’s nothing to take for granted. This feature is mainly for developers for now but I anticipate consumer usage eventually. The product works with devices from 4-5.5 inches which is pretty much the same as what I’m used to.
Just remember in regards to device sizes this is excluding cases. Thin penny cases probably would work with the product. But if you have a thick Ottobox keeping it on will simply cause distortion in the picture so be aware. But the biggest question of all is how is the visuals on this thing? Well, it’s hard to explain it does not feel as 3D as those 1st gen helmets but I would say the resolution is much higher as your not depending on a cheap lens but merely an HD mirror. I definitely still have trouble focusing on subjects like those gen 1 helmets but it’s definitely less noticeable. I also had trouble keeping the product upon my head. For some reason, it constantly fell off every 10 minutes. It almost seemed like it’s designed this way to discourage excessive usage times. Moving back a step I found the box this thing is packed in to be fine it’s that signature brownish color with some black and white pictures on the front. Surprisingly no instruction manual or warranty card was included in the box. I suspect this was a return unit which can happen when you get stuff sent for review. Overall I’m at a lost of words when it comes to this product. Is this truly generation 2? or more like gen 1.5 that needs more work? Nobody knows but soon we will find out much more about this pediatric industry. In my opinion, I don’t think this industry as a whole is ready for primetime just yet. Just look how quickly the Vive and Oculus died. But this product here is a step for sure I’m just not sure which direction this is, to be honest. Thanks very much for sending me this product for review. No compensation was provided just the free item that was sent to me.