At gamescom, in Cologne from 18th to 21st August 2016, AOC has introduced its first virtual reality head-Mounted Display (HMD). Visitors to the event can preview the prototype of the AOC VR headset only in the Game Industry Business Lounge in hall 2.2, booth A-040.
Virtual reality has a history of being declared “the next big thing” and failing miserably a short time after the hype was at its peak. In 2016, however, all signs indicate that this time its development and the underlying technology are sound enough for it to stay. Goldman Sachs even stated in a report published in January 2016 that VR “has the potential to spawn a multi-billion-dollar industry, and possibly be as game changing as the advent of the PC” (The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc: Virtual & Augmented Reality: Understanding the Race for the Next Computing Platform).
Use cases are as diverse as those of PCs and smartphones. Aside form the obvious, gaming (and the military), there are video entertainment, live events, education, healthcare, engineering and even retail and real estate. Want to get a first-hand impression of your new home, hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away, from your old apartment’s couch? Just don a VR headset and walk around… And the list will get even longer the further the technology evolves.
According to Stefan Sommer, Director Marketing & Business Management, EMEA, AOC, the entry into the HMD market is a natural step : “As a subsidiary of the world’s largest display manufacturer, we at AOC have always been at the forefront of developments in the display sector, be they desk- or head-mounted. I am sure that our new VR headset is only the beginning of a fascinating development and that AOC customers can look forward to even more exciting products in the not too distant future.”