On Our Radar: Solar Eclipse and VR Made Affordable

Once in a Lifetime Chance

The solar eclipse hits the US today! This rare cosmic event has generated unprecedented excitement, prompting spontaneous vacations and PTO that economists estimate will cost America $700 million in productivity. That’s an staggering number, especially given all the people chasing the path of totality, or the spot wheSolar eclipsere the eclipse will be most visible.

Traffic has slowed to a crawl in many spots, overwhelming tourist towns and completely blocking roadways. Still, if you were lucky enough to arrive early and get your hands on some of those sweet eclipse glasses, you’ll be in for a big treat. No time to get out of town? Here’s a few tips on how to view the eclipse in your area—safely, of course.

And if you can’t make it to an eclipse viewing spot, you can catch the livestream here.

VR with Vive

HTC seeks to make their VR system, the HTC Vive, more affordable for the average consumer. Originally priced at $799, the system has recently fallen to $599, a 25% drop in price. This comes on the heels of Facebook’s price cut to its Oculus Rift in July.

HTC logo for VR

The race for VR dominance has been ongoing, with cameras, headsets and all-in-one systems competing against each other to win consumer loyalty. There are a wide array of products available from both trusted brands and startups hoping to be the next VR disruptor.  Facebook, HTC,  Samsung—even Google has its own VR set. Not sure what to buy?

At Zooppa HQ we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best VR film cameras, and will be adding a comprehensive guide to VR headsets soon! In the meantime, check out these awesome VR videos.


Is there something awesome we should know about this week? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter with #ZoopWeek! 




Jasmine Moore

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