Chinese company Dlodlo Technologies has created a smaller virtual reality headset. Dubbed V One, this VR headset is similar in size to a pair of sunglasses.
The Dlodlo V One VR headset was introduced at the first CE China tech trade show in Shenzhen last week. The trade show was produced by IFA, producer of the annual IFA tech show in Berlin.
The headset, which the company claims is "the world's first sunglasses-like VR glasses," is lightweight at 78 g and measures 16 mm thick. Though not as light as sunglasses, the Dlodlo V One VR headset is lighter than the Samsung Gear VR which weighs 318 g or the 470 g Oculus Rift or the 555 g HTC Vive. It looks and feels like a large pair of regular sunglasses and is more comfortable to wear than the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and the HTC Vive, according to Forbes.
"You can barely tell the difference between our V One and sunglasses," said cofounder and VP Thomas Lee.
Like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, the V One requires a computer or to a phone that can run its VR software to work. It also needs the D-BOX, which is processing box that runs Dlodlo's DLOS custom OS. It's about the same size as a smartphone, weighs 106 g, and has a 5,000 mAh removable battery.
The introduction of the Dlodlo V One VR headset could be the first step towards the fulfillment of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's prediction earlier this month. At the recent Facebook F8 developers conference, he discussed that virtual reality and augmented reality technology will gradually be streamlined to become more fashionable pieces.
"Over the next 10 years, the form factor's just going to keep on getting smaller and smaller, and eventually we're going to have what looks like normal-looking glasses that can do both virtual and augmented reality," he said.
If Dlodlo succeeds with its VR headset, it would fast forward Zuckerberg's vision, though that's something the market will have to wait and see.
The Dlodlo V One VR headset is expected to launch "midway through 2016," reports Slash Gear.