Moonshots: Samsung outs a '4D' VR headset, shower singing app, and the Waffle social platform



Samsung is pushing its Gear VR headset pretty heavily these days, giving it away to early adopters of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and everyone else, like HTC or LG, hopes you will get on the virtual reality bandwagon soon enough. Well, not so fast, as one problem with current '3D' VR headsets is that you might go through the made-up worlds in front of your eyes swooshing like a ghost, but your body is not actually feeling the movements, so you are a kind of a spectator which can make you pretty dizzy.

As if to aleviate these concerns, Samsung came up with a few proof of concept ideas from its C-Lab shop to present at the SXSW tech expo, and one of them is a new Entrim 4D VR headset. The Entrim excites your inner ear with electrical impulses, the so-called Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS), and Samsung's proprietary algorithms do the rest to make your body feel like it is an integral part of the motion in front of your eyes. You feel like you lean and bob just like the subject that is flying through those worlds, which sounds pretty neat, and not at all spooky. Not.


Next up is a prototype of a Samsung social media platform that encourages creativity, dubbed Waffle for its interface grid. It allows the users to corroborate and share content on a topic together and with gusto. Waffle is a kind of topical graffiti wall where anyone with an interest in the thread and things to share can post, and is not limited only to photos, but also sketches, quotes, hashtags, etc.


Last but not least of the concept innovations that Samsung showcased at SXSW is the Hum On! app for all of us aspiring shower singers. It records the humming that you voice at the moment, runs it through its tuning algorithms, and pops up with beautiful melodies acompanied by various instruments. Hey, you can even make a symphony out of your humming, that would be a good way to idle away the hours when bored for sure.


source: Samsung

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18 Comments

1. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Umm ok

12. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

"But then, the Entrim 4D effect kicks in, and as the car went around the curves, both my head and stomach felt the unexpected and familiar feeling of motion." Engadget. I'm definitely excited for this tech.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Imagine this plus porn :D

2. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

4D? Classic sammy, all about bragging about labels. I'm wating for Samsung Super AMOLED Gear ULTRA VR 4D+.

4. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Well, they can make a gadget that allow you to answer the phone through your finger tip. So, a little thing like 4D sound is not impossible for them.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In a way its 3D + Movement = 4D Sort of like those "4D" cinemas

8. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Yes, I know about that. Samsung tried to bring something that should not be ready for consumers in near future. But they did it early with their C-Lab. I hope it has no side effects to our ears and brain.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

isnt like 4D on physics or math class, but its up to them to call it whatever they want :P 3D + movement + water sprinkle / vapor scent / smoke effect = 5D and I guess we can use regular VR headset, and move our own body and call it 4D

17. d4v0333

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

Sounds like a title Capcom would give to its games. Super ULTRA HD Street Fighter V Turbo Hyper CHAMPIONSHIP Edition :)

3. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Electrical impulses? It can't cause cancer?

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wow Entrim 4D looks too good to be true Would be amazing with the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive/SteamVR

10. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Right? It would be insanely weird but awesome if they get that going right! After using the GEAR VR with my mother dear's new S7 Edge, I am a firm believer that VR is the next huge thing. Everyone, old and young, can not get enough of it in my family. I am dying to get a Vive now so I can play my PC games in VR, if the sound gets engineered too, then woah!

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Where or when can I use the Hum on! app? It's been a while since the last time I'm this excited about a Samsung product BTW does anyone know any app that can do the same?

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Not available yet untill March 13. Source : Sammobile

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but its 15 march now :-/

16. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I am forget about it.Works really take all of my brain on cellular levels. Gald I have never forget to making love with my wife and posting comments on PA.

18. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Your brain does seem fried...

11. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Samsung = Innovations.

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