Firm has also launched report to study use of tech in education

Samsung virtual reality headset suggested by ‘Gear VR’ trademark

Samsung has registered the trademark ‘Gear VR’, hinting it is developing a virtual reality headset.

Samsung had previously been rumoured to be working with VR industry leader Oculus – creator of the Rift – on a smartphone-powered virtual reality headset.

Now, a trademark registered by Samsung with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the ‘Samsung Gear VR’ has added credence to the reports.

The move into the VR space would see Samsung join Oculus and Sony, the latter of which announced the Project Morpheus VR headset concept (pictured) earlier this year.

In further news from Samsung, the firm has partnered with UK independent education think tank The Education Foundation and European Electronique to launch a new report examining the future of technology within education.

The report, titled ‘Technology in Education: A System View’, was put together in response to a request from the UK Department for Education to identify emerging solutions to the barriers facing schools and other learning organisations in using technology to improve learning outcomes.

Points highlighted by the report included:

  • “Technology must be more strategically linked to achievement and learning in all schools.”
  • “Collaboration should drive knowledge and advice sharing on a central website accessible for all teachers.”
  • “Universal high quality access to broadband in all schools would deliver significant benefits.”
  • “Schools should adopt cloud-based technology with choice of devices based on flexibility and total cost of ownership to make considerable savings.”
  • “The use of technology to improve achievement must be recognised more prominently and systematically in inspection.”
  • “The need to create an accountability frameworks with clear guidance best practice.” 

Andy Griffiths, president of Samsung UK and Ireland, commented: “We believe that technology has a significant role to play in opening doors for the leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with the skills necessary to meet the needs of the ever evolving economy.

“As a leading technology company we embrace our responsibility to help make this a reality and so Samsung was delighted to support this report, which includes the advice and experience of many leaders in this field.

“I hope that this report helps facilitate discussion and work as a guide for teachers as they work to integrate technology into the classroom.”

Read more about the growing market for education technology in the upcoming August issue of PCR.

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