I’ve been looking at a few VR systems recently, following on from Oculus, then coupling that with the ROTO and now I have found my way to Smartphone VR and 3D entertainment. Homido is a simple idea and a simply designed piece of headgear, allowing you to place your smartphone into the viewing slot and putting the headset on. However, smartphones aren’t as powerful as full on consoles or entertainment hardware so I was a bit sceptical at first.
The Homido is simplistic, with dials and straps to adjust sizes and amplifications, though feel rather cheap due to its price. The head strap can be shortened for people with smaller than average heads and has a certain amount of elasticity to it, though my head being on the big size I found it hard to put it on comfortably.
There are dials on the sides that adjust the distance the phone is from your face for different FOV’s and to get the whole screen in your view. Both with the headset on and off these are easy to use and react well to turning them so I found no problem there. There is also a dial on the top that changes the distance between the two lenses, allowing adjustment for people with varying eyesight’s, I merely had to find the right setting for me and left it there for the time I used it.
Overall the design feels pretty small, being just bigger than my hand in width and there is no difficulty in handling or carrying it. I would have preferred some more settings on the dials and the strap itself, as I felt it didn’t encompass the bigger size of people.
The Homido feels sleek on its surface and soft where it will come into contact with you, with a smooth strap to fit around your head and a soft material around where your face comes touches the face piece. Sadly there are some blind spots on the face piece, mainly with the nose part, as I found it rubbing on the outside of my nose and with prolonged use became sore. Again the design felt too small for my head, barely fitting into the headset itself and I had to adjust myself quite a bit to get comfortable.
Overall Thoughts and Feelings
I believe that there isn’t a good selection of VR games on smartphones just yet so the experience fell down here quite a lot, with the Homido Centre advertising “Cardboard” games that were more suited to Google Cardboard with its magnetic button for gameplay. Most games in the centre had cardboard in the name so this kind of gave that away, but they are almost unplayable with the Homido as they require button presses. There is a space where the nose part is where you can touch your screen but this feels really unintentional.
The Phone holder part of the headset really makes my anxious, due to having to pull on a piece of plastic that might snap if I put too much force on it, a clip or having it come down completely would have been a lot better in my opinion. Besides the design of that part the mere fact I have to do it every time I want to switch the game is very immersion breaking and nauseating when I have to take the headset off and on again.
I focused this review on gaming because of the website I write for, however the Homido is an alright piece to use for 3D Movies and games that require no input besides your head movement. But with all the design faults I feel it drops down in score a lot, with uncomfortable noise parts, limited adjustable head strap and poorly designed phone holder. Prolonged use of this headset for people with similar heads or problems will cause a lot of discomfort.
Overall I give the Homido a 3/5, the discomfort can really cut down on the experience and the lack of a button for the majority of the games on offer right now means that not many games can be played on this headset. While it is handy and small, you can use it to view 3D images and experience simple games, it doesn’t hold up with other VR headsets on the market right now.
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