Company: Expanse Price: US$80 Availability: Early 2017
COMPANIES SUCH as Samsung and Facebook’s Oculus promote their virtual-reality headsets by highlighting awe-inspiring 3-D experiences for gaming and virtual travel. But one of the most popular activities among early adopters of the technology is less novel: watching 2-D movies and TV. When you slot your smartphone into Expanse’s forthcoming headset, you can watch Netflix and Hulu or play conventional 2-D mobile games on what appears to be a big screen. The device can’t simulate depth, but it offers significantly higher resolution than VR headsets because it doesn’t need magnifying lenses or a separate display for each eye.