Pinć VR makes the leap from iOS to Android

Last week, before we found ourselves overwhelmed by Black Friday deals, we spent a little time talking to you about Pinć, an upcoming virtual reality accessory for the iPhone. While on first glance it didn’t appear to be much more than an ultra-portable, head-mounted, Google Cardboard-like shell, it quickly became clear that Cordon Media, the company behind Pinć, was interested in making its effort stand out, bringing it features like a pair of finger-mounted “rings” that are tracked by your iPhone’s camera to allow for real 3D input. Assuming some of the rough patches we noted in this prototype version get worked out, it has the potential to be a real contender in the VR game – only problem was that iPhone-only bit. Today we’ve got some good news, as that limitation evaporates and Cordon announces plans for broad Android compatibility.

The Android edition of Pinć will support phones ranging in screen size from 4.5 to 5.7 inches, covering a wide swath of both phablets and traditional handsets alike. On the software side, all you’ll need is Jelly Bean or later. And the pricing stays the same as before, at just about $100. Supporters of the Pinć IndieGoGo project should see their hardware start shipping sometime next summer.

With the market for this type of gadget heating up, Pinć might have a good chance to stand out with its new cross-platform support, in addition to those finger-tracking rings. But 2015’s only going to bring new competition, so we’ll be curious to see what the phone-based VR situation looks like another six months from now.

Source: Pinć VR (IndieGoGo)

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