In Brief
  • A newly improved VR1 headset from Dlodlo was unveiled at CES 2017 more closely resembling a pair of sunglasses than the bulky goggles of the Oculus and Vive offerings.
  • The headset boasts technical specs comparable to the Oculus Rift, including 2400 x 1200 resolution, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and a 105 degree field of view.

Legit VR glasses

Virtual reality (VR) technology has been pretty much confined to an eyepiece and a room when it was first developed in almost the same way we experience it today. We’ve gone a long way from early VR tech to what we have now, but we still haven’t managed to ditch the glasses or some headset to experience virtual reality.

The Oculus Rift has become the standard; it would seem. But a challenger is stepping up from a small booth at this year’s CES.

Introducing the Dlodlo V1 glasses. While it’s been around since the summer of 2016, Dlodlo’s VR glasses are worth some attention. Dlodlo is a China-based VR content platform, and their primary device is the V1.

With a carbon fiber frame, the V1 weighs just 88-g and is incredibly thin at 16-mm for a VR device. It packs quite a punch, comparable to the Oculus Rift, offering a 2400 x 1200 resolution (1200 x 1200 per eye) with a 90Hz refresh rate.

“Based on the human eye imaging principle, the bionic optics design makes the FOV of Dlodlo V1 achieve 105°, allowing [for a] fully immersive VR experience,” according to Dlodlo. The colors seem slightly duller compared to the Oculus, reports The Next Web.

It can be connected to your computer at home or your phone for a more portable VR experience — with a 72 percent NTSC coverage. Currently, it’s compatible with SteamVR.

Image credit: Dlodlo
Image credit: Dlodlo

A Preview of VR’s Future

It’s light, and it’s a pair of glasses, as opposed to the more cumbersome goggles. The V1 does away with the hassle of strapping a headset around your head. You can easily just put it away inside your backpack and bring it with you for a portable VR experience — assuming Dlodlo pushes through with its D1 smartphone gaming accessory.

“Quite frankly, I was surprised to see a prototype like this from a small unknown company rather than one of the bigger names,” writes Napier Lopez. “But if this kind of an experience is achievable in 2017, I can’t wait to see what’s in store the next few years.”

Dlodlo plans to launch the V1 later this year. When it does, it will change how we experience VR — making it lighter and friendlier, with a device that’s easy to put on and remove and that can be brought anywhere.