Samsung Is Developing Standalone VR Devices

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Samsung’s Gear VR is one of the cheaper ways to get into good VR, but it’s soundly surpassed by the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But Samsung is determined to stay in the game, which is why it’s developing at least one standalone VR devices.

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The news came from Samsung’s developer conference, where the company’s head of R&D for software and services Injong Rhee was speaking. He said “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone.”

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The news isn’t really surprising—Samsung spends truly astonishing amounts of money on R&D, which is why the company has variously attempted phones with projectors, curvy screens, and six different flavors of wearable.

But it’s clear that Samsung is invested in VR to a significant extent, possibly as the Next Big Thing to sustain the company’s profits after peak smartphone. Alongside the possibly multiple VR devices in the pipeline, the company is also gearing up to launch a 360-degree camera later this week, so it can own the VR experience from end to end.

[Variety]

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  1. Smartphones are not a limited resource. Even the raw materials that are limited resources can be recycled out of the current smartphones and reused in new devices if our future technology roadmap necessitates their use.
  2. There was no “peak cellphone” “peak pager” “peak PDA” “peak compact camera” either. They were technologies that became obsolete when people didnt want to carry a cellphone camera and PDA with them everywhere and someone came out with a decent reliable replacement that made them all one device.
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For all the writers at the gawker family of websites, the theory of “peak” is that there is a limited amount of a resource that can be feasibly collected. Because of this there is a point in time where the demand for that resource will drive us to the limit of what we can collect of the resource. The moment we have maximized our collection abilities and we will not be able to collect more of that product. We have found all the places that resource resides and there is just no way to extract more of that resource per minute/hour/day.

That is peak.

When we have maximizes our abilities to collect a resource on earth and from that point forward, our output of the resource will slowly diminish regardless to demand until we have collected it all.