If you’ve found current VR headsets bulky and hot to use, Chinese VR maker Dlodlo (pronounced “dodo”) has just the thing: the Glass V1, which makes an appearance here in Shanghai at CES Asia. At just 2.75 ounces (78 grams), it’s about half the weight of LG’s 360 VR, itself light by most standards.

Looking like a chunky pair of aviator sunglasses, the Glass V1 easily fits into a pocket, unlike its more bulky counterparts. It won’t be cheap — Dlodlo says its second VR headset will retail for around $500 (that’s around £350 or AU$680). That’s because Dlodlo isn’t skimping on the Glass V1’s components, with a resolution of 2,560×1,024 pixels for each eye, with a 100-degree field of view and support for those with myopia.

While I would have loved to have tried on a pair, the company only had production samples on hand that were not working, and this doesn’t really inspire much hope in me. Unlike VR headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR, there’s nowhere you can slot in a mobile phone.

Instead, like the 360 VR, you connect the Glass V1 to a mobile phone or Dlodlo’s D-Box. This bundled box runs Android and is powered by a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. There’s just one thing that concerns me — the connecting wire could get in the way of the VR experience.

I’m hoping the Glass V1 won’t be as bad as LG’s 360 VR, but it has the same open style, which in the 360 let in light and ruined VR’s sense of immersion. The Glass V1 will likely be sold online when it launches in three months’ time.

What you need to know

  • On sale in August
  • Super light at just 2.75 ounces (78 grams)
  • $500 (£350 or AU$680)
  • Comes bundled with Android touch-enabled box

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