We started this newsletter 100 weeks ago, when mobile VR headsets were still advertised as being only for “innovators” and desktop VR was still only a developer kit. Our 100th issue is marked by a holiday during which VR was one of the season’s most desired gifts, with cheap Cardboard headsets available in most retail stores helping drive VR apps to the top of the iPhone App Store over the Christmas weekend.
Meanwhile, discerning mobile buyers picked up the Gear VR or Daydream View, and enthusiasts found PlayStation VR, Rift or Vive HMDs under their trees.
Next week, the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off 2017’s personal technology roadmap, with details surrounding new headsets, input methods and tracking systems likely to be revealed.
Trailer producer Kert Gartner showed an impressive virtual camera solution that hacks together a Vive controller, an iPhone and streaming software that beams virtual footage to the phone.