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Last Thursday the U.S. Patent Office published a Samsung patent application for a new VR Headset that's far more advanced than their Gear VR headset that uses a Galaxy smartphone for its display. The abstract for patent application 20170276944 states that the invention is for a "A head-mounted device that includes a case including a body and a cover covering the body, the case having a display panel accommodating space between the body and the cover, an optical system in the body facing the cover, and a filter in the body, the filter being spaced apart from the optical system in a first direction corresponding to a thickness direction of the optical system and being configured to repeatedly move in a direction." This was the second patent filing within that last three weeks. Coincidentally Samsung has now introduced an all-new headset using Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform.




Today Samsung announced that "Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., in partnership with Microsoft, today announced the Samsung HMD Odyssey– the most immersive Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headset in the market. The quick and easy to set up Samsung HMD Odyssey  delivers a premium virtual reality experience, with superior picture quality and the highest resolution display taking consumers to entirely new virtual limits."


YG Choi, Senior Vice President of PC Business Team, Samsung Electronics stated that "The Samsung HMD Odyssey is a high performing headset designed to provide the most immersive Windows Mixed Reality experience. With the widest field of view, built-in spatial sound and easy setup, the Samsung HMD Odyssey transports consumers to incredible virtual reality experiences."


Life-like Experiences


With dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays, the Samsung HMD Odyssey delivers vibrant colors, and deeper blacks, providing crisper, more lifelike images. The 110-degree field of view allows users to discover paramount virtual experiences around them. With built-in premium AKG headphones, users are even more immersed in the experience with 360 degree spatial sound.


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Incredibly Easy Start


The Windows Mixed Reality experience with the Samsung HMD Odyssey has been designed to give users the very best experience right out of the box. Unlike typical head-mounted displays, you do not need to install any extra motion sensors – simply connect to your PC and get started. With inside-out position tracking, users are not restricted to a limited space during their virtual reality experience.


For a more immersive experience, Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with a Six Degrees of Freedom1 (6 DOF) sensor allowing for intuitive and natural movements. With an adjustable control wheel, the Samsung HMD Odyssey is designed to provide a comfortable and snug fit.


Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft said, "We're excited to welcome the Samsung HMD Odyssey to the Windows Mixed Reality family of devices. This is an incredible product and another important step for the mixed reality journey we are on at Microsoft.  With the Samsung HMD Odyssey, the team at Samsung has developed a Windows Mixed Reality headset that will delight our fans looking to immerse themselves in the world of mixed reality this holiday."


The Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with integrated AKG headphones and array mics for voice commands, as well as two motion controllers. The Samsung HMD Odyssey will be available later this year in the US, China, Korea, Brazil and Hong Kong, with pre-orders beginning in the US only on October 3rd.




Back in early June Patently Mobile posted a report titled "Samsung Patent Reveals Next Gen VR Headset with Multiple new Features, Major Accessories & Applications." Some of what was covered in that patent filing could be what's coming down the road, such as a touch pad accessory designed to attach to the headset. See our report for more details.


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