After a long break in posting about Virtual Reality, I’ve gotten excited about it again with the introduction of the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage headset, and now the Lenovo Mirage camera for VR180.
These developments should further propel VR into public consciousness. I’ve seen those crappy US$10-US$20 plastic Cardboard-compatible VR headsets always selling out at whatever store gets them in stock. I’m hoping those have gotten people interested enough in VR to want to upgrade at least to the basic 32GB Oculus Go.
When it comes to VR cameras, the leading expert in the field is Mic Ty over at 360 Rumors. Here’s what he says about the Lenovo Mirage VR180 camera: Lenovo Mirage Camera Review (Google VR180) Sample Photos and Videos
After the break, two videos about the camera.
And this one thinks the price is too damn high:
He could have a point, although the non-Google certified for VR180 LucidCam sells for US$399, which is US$100 more than the Lenovo. But how many of these has Lenovo made? I think the high price is due to them worrying that it won’t sell in large numbers, so a hefty profit has been built into the limited run they’re anticipating.
Lenovo should feel a bit of shame, however, that another company is going to release a far superior camera
at that same US$399 price for US$100 more. It’s called the Qoocam (see separate post).
To be fair to Lenovo, they probably had to abide by a Google reference design for VR180 certification. It’s not their fault Google designs winds up being like something out of the old Soviet Bloc instead of the year 2018!
After being in a kind of coma for a long time, VR is regaining consciousness. This is exciting!