Head-Mounted Displays

In addition to the permanent installed systems like the Powerwall and the 5-sided projection installation, the Centre for Virtual Reality and Visualisation (V2C) works with current portable devices. There is a recent wave in development of head-mounted displays (HMD). In the Centre, systems, like the HTC-Vive are utilized, with powerful computers, which were configured specifically for the user with HMDs. To achieve full mobility, two GearVRs are also used, which use cellphones as computer and display. Even with a lower resolution, it is possible to present research results anywhere with these displays.

Technical Data

HTC Vive

  • Resolution: 2160 x 1200 Pixel (1080 x 1200 Pixel per eye)
  • Frame Rate: 90 Hz
  • Field of View (FOV): 110 Degrees

The HTC Vive offers not only integrated accelerometers and gyrometers but also a lighthouse tracking system. This makes it possible to determine the exact position of the HTC Vive as well as the controllers in a large area of 4,5m x 4,5m and allows for free movement in the virtual room and for interaction with objects. 


Samsung GearVR

  • Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Pixel
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Field of View: 110 Degrees

In contrast to the HTC Vive, the Samsung GearVR uses one of the latest smartphones as a computing unit and it is not necessary to connect it to any PC. The Samsung GearVR is equipped with accelerometers and gyrometers that make it possible to register the viewing direction of the users and react appropriately. A tracking system as seen with the HTC Vive is not necessary.