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Qantas pushes Samsung Gear VR into first-class services

First-class passengers flying Qantas now may get to use a Gear VR headset on their flight to or from LAX, Melbourne and Sydney
By: Chris Smith | Virtual & Augmented Reality News | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:24 pm

Feeling a little bored up there in first-class? Major Australian airline Qantas will now be utilizing the help of the Samsung Gear VR with an accompanied Galaxy Note 4 to see their first-class customers further enjoy their experience.



It will be first tested through LA to Sydney and Melbourne to LA flights, said to be completed through the use of Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s. 12 Gear VR headsets will be used in the beginning test period, set as four for the outbound flight, four for the inbound flight and two for each of the first-class passenger lounges located in Sydney and Melbourne.


The Gear VR device will be connected to a Qantas app on the Note 4, allowing passengers to get a 360-degree look into the Qantas first-class lounge in LAX, runway-side videos of the aircraft taking off and setting down and a virtual reality boat ride on a Northern Territory river - set as a cross promotion with Tourism NT.


Should this pilot go well, there's no saying where this will stop - however its unlikely that economy class passengers will gain this experience until the technology has reached a much cheaper level.




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