Korean enterprises dive into virtual reality

Korean enterprises dive into virtual reality

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A man uses a virtual reality device during the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man uses a virtual reality device during the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez=newsis)

Experiencing a virtual reality, like being able to enjoy the thrill of a live concert from the comfort of your home, is no longer a dream of the future. It is happening now.

Virtual reality (VR) is the buzzword on everyone’s minds at the 2016 Mobile World Congress(MWC) currently underway in Barcelona, Spain.

On Feb. 21, Samsung Electronics held its Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event and revealed its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The conglomerate also showcased the Gear 360, a ball-shaped camera for 360 degree photos and videos. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance at the event, to the delight of all those in attendance.

At the event, Zuckerberg said, “Virtual reality will become the central platform of the next generation.” He said that he would “combine Samsung’s mobile hardware with Facebook’s VR software to create the world’s best version of virtual reality.” By uniting Facebook’s social media platform with Samsung’s hardware, Zuckerberg is making efforts to lead a second mobile revolution.

LG Electronics also announced its new lineup of VR gear at the Mobile World Congress. It debuted its new smartphone, the LG G5, its companion, the LG 360 VR headset, and the LG 360 CAM, which allows users to create 360-degree content.

Compared to other products, the LG 360 VR headset is more efficiently designed and can be connected directly to the G5. The headset also weighs only 18 grams, a third of the weight of similar products on the market.

As virtual reality moves beyond the realm of visual experiences and into fields as diverse as medicine, construction and tourism, experts predict that VR usage will only increase in the years to come. The International Data Cooperation (IDC), a global IT consulting firm, announced on Feb. 23 that it predicts the Chinese VR technology market to expand this year by 476 percent over last year’s figures.

By Jeon Han, Lee Hana
Korea.net Staff Writers
hanjeon@korea.kr