Slide-on HMD

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Slide-on HMD, also known as Smartphone mount, is the cheapest and most accessible form of virtual reality head-mounted display. The Slide-on consists of a smartphone holder, lenses and some form of basic input. A smartphone is inserted into the HMD and the entire device is played upon the eyes of the user to create the VR experience. The Slide-on utilizes the smartphone for display, processing and rotational tracking. Some Slide-on HMDs such as the Gear VR use their own built-in IMUs instead of relying on that of the smartphones. This method allows the HMD to create a superior tracking experience for the user.

Slide-on HMDs are often the cheapest form of VR if the user exclude the cost of the smartphone. Google Cardboard can be built or purchased for under $20 and Samsung Gear VR can be purchased for $99.

DevicesRequiresDisplayResolutionRefresh RateField of ViewTrackingRotational TrackingPositional TrackingUpdate RateLatencyInputConnectivity
Daydream ViewDaydream Ready Phones5 / 5.5 inch AMOLED (Pixel / Pixel XL)1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 (Pixel / Pixel XL)60 Hz90° (nominal)3DOFAccelerator
Gyrometer
Proximity
NoneRotational: 1000 Hz
High accuracy
Daydream Controller
Figment VRDepends on the smartphoneDepends on the smartphone3DOFIMUs in SmartphoneNone
Google CardboardSmartphoneDepends on the smartphoneDepends on the smartphone3DOFIMUs in SmartphoneNone
Impression PiSmartphoneDepends on smartphoneDepends on the smartphone6 DOFIMU BoardIMU Board
Infared Cameras?
IR Projector?
Mi VR PlaySmartphone with display screen between 4.7 to 5.7 inchesDepends on the smartphoneDepends on the smartphoneIMUs in Smartphone
Samsung Gear VR (2015/2016)All Samsung Smartphones 2015 and newer5.7 / 5.1 inch Super AMOLED (RGBG PenTile)2560 x 1440
1280 x 1440 per eye
60 Hz96° (nominal)3DOFAccelerator
Gyrometer
Proximity
NoneRotational: 1000 Hz
High accuracy
Motion to Photon: Less than 6 msTouchpad
Back Button
Volume Key
Focus adjustment wheel
MicroUSB to the smartphone
Samsung Gear VR Innovator EditionGalaxy Note 4
Galaxy S6
Galaxy S6 Edge
5.7 / 5.1 inch Super AMOLED (RGBG PenTile)2560 x 1440
1280 x 1440 per eye
60 Hz Low-persistence96° (nominal)3DOFAccelerator
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
NoneRotational: 1000 Hz
High accuracy
Motion to Photon: Less than 20 msTouch Pad
Back Button
Volume Key
MicroUSB to the smartphone
Wearality SkySmartphoneDepends on smartphoneDepends on smartphone150°3DOFIMUs in SmartphoneNone

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