Earlier this week, Lenovo launched the VIBE K4 Note in India. The smartphone packs in an innovative technology, dubbed TheaterMax, that offers an immersive large screen experience on smartphones powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology.
The VIBE K4 Note is the first smartphone to be launched with TheaterMax. It allows you to convert any multimedia content on the phone to become immersive, giving users a virtual large screen cinematic experience when viewed through a VR headset.
The VR kit that Lenovo offers is made by ANTVR, a virtual reality startup dedicated to the development of virtual reality, augmented reality, and holographic reality with products like a VR headset for PC, VR glasses for mobile phone, and a VR camera.
Qin Zheng, the founder of ANTVR, is an avid science fiction fan and produced several sci-fi stories and movies during college. His interest in the field led him to the world of virtual reality. In fact, the first ANTVR KIT prototype was developed by Zheng all by himself. In 2014, ANTVR successfully finished crowdfunding for the first All-in-One universal virtual reality kit, the ANTVR Kit 1, on Kickstarter.
The ANTVR kit sold by Lenovo sports an aspherical lens in a compact package with a folding design weighing 160 grams. The VR headset provides a 100-degree-wide viewing angle, and works for those of us that wear glasses. The kit supports dual control modes – via earphone controller and Bluetooth controller.
While the ANTVR VR kit supports all new Lenovo phone with screen sizes from 5 to 6-inches, the company is undecided about bringing the TheatreMax software to existing phones in their portfolio.
The VR kit is available as a separate purchase for ₹1,299 ($20), or you can purchase bundled with the VIBE K4 Note for ₹12,499 ($187).