MWC picks the best VR headsets and watches

While Virtual Reality (VR) headsets were the stars of the show at the 2016 Mobile World Congress, new smartwatches wore noticeably more thin on the ground. Here’s a roundup of the hottest devices from both fields that were on show at the trade fair in Barcelona, Spain

The HTC Vive will be available to preorder from February 29, 2016 for $799 HTC copy

HTC Vive
First revealed at last year’s MWC, the HTC Vive has finally got a price and a release date. This virtual reality headset, developed in partnership with video games studio Valve, will be available to preorder from February 29 for $799, with shipping expected to start in April

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Dot Watch
South Korean start-up Dot got MWC buzzing with its freshly unveiled smartwatch. Compatible with both Android and iOS, this wearable is aimed at visually impaired users, with pins that rise and fall on the display’s surface to give the time or other types of information in braille (alerts, notifications, emails, etc.). It can also be used as a teaching device to learn the language. The Dot Watch is slated to launch in 2016 and an e-reader based on the same technology could also be developed.

There's no word of a price or release date yet for the LG 360VR. LG copy

LG 360VR
Alongside its new G5 smartphone, LG also unveiled a pair of VR goggles that hook up to the handset for instant immersion in 360-degree environments. The headset’s two small screens (960×720 pixels) simulate an image that’s like watching a 130-inch TV from two meters away. LG is yet to announce a price or a release date for the 360VR.

The Garmin Vivoactive HR will be available from April for $249.99 copy

Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin unveiled a new connected watch that measures heart rate directly from the wearer’s wrist, as well as counting steps, measuring calories burned and monitoring sleep. It automatically detects different activities such as walking, running, cycling and swimming to keep track of performance on a day-to-day basis. The Garmin Vivoactive HR is expected to ship in April for $249.99 in the US or €269.99 in Europe.


Haier Watch
Haier presented its first smartwatch at this year’s Mobile World Congress, running the full Android OS rather than the Android Wear spin-off. This wearable is similar in design to the Huawei Watch or the Samsung Gear S2 and it has an onboard activity tracker (heart rate, calories burned, etc.). It should be available with a choice of different straps when it launches in 2016, priced at around €200 (approx. $220).

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