Photography by Moritz Lips. Written by Oliver Lips.
On Sunday Moritz and I hopped on a very short trip to London. We were invited to experience the first ever Samsung VR (virtual reality) live concert featuring Years & Years.
The Samsung Gear VR was released in November last year and works quite easily. Just plug-in your Samsung device, start the Oculus App and choose the content you want to watch. It takes some time to get adjusted to your screen being 3cm from your eyes, but with the high-resolution display of the new Galaxy S7 (that launches next week) it’s definitively more comfortable.
It is actually quite hard to describe the VR technology with words; you simply have to experience it yourself! But let me tell you this: when you’re wearing the VR headset and a pair of headphones as well as sitting on a swivel chair you enter a whole different world. Obviously it will never be like reality, but still, in some way it seems real, because you’re able to look around and discover the surrounding.
Being back in London I opted for a British look so I wore my Oscar Jacobson roll neck sweater, Lee denim jacket and a hat. This was actually also my airport attire, hence the comfortable IRO jeans and adidas Stan Smith Mid sneakers. Timekeeper for our 24 hours spent in London was the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.
The event took place at The Hospital Club and while Years & Years played downstairs we were one floor above following the concert with our VR headsets. To be honest the stream was at times buffering and the picture rather pixelated, but it was awesome that you could switch between three vantage points; one being on the stage, the second in front of it and the third leveling above the stage. And after one or two songs we went downstairs to see the rest of the concert live.
While I think the VR technology cannot replace the true experience of being at a concert, I see great potential in other areas. For example when you’re travelling; just switch the crowded aircraft with any scenery you prefer and make your flight more enjoyable. Anyway I believe we’re not quite there yet with the VR technology, as I (and many others) wouldn’t be able to be in this virtual reality for more than 15 minutes due to motion sickness. Nonetheless I love the idea of what it can and will bring in the future!
Now if you want to try the Gear VR headset yourself, you may want to consider pre-ordering the Galaxy S7 (edge) before March 11, because you'll get a Samsung Gear VR headset for free with it. Click here for more information.
London, United Kingdom
28th February 2016
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