Oculus Quest- Facebook’s latest VR headset

Oculus Quest- Facebook’s latest VR headset

On Wednesday, at Facebook’s annual event  Oculus Connect  5 (OC5), held in San Jose, California, Mark Zuckerberg presented the latest stand-alone VR headset that doesn’t need a smartphone nor a connection to a PC, from the Oculus division. Oculus Quest VR will be available on the market  in the spring of 2019, for $400.

What does Oculus Quest have to offer?

 

Besides offering 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom = the ability of moving forward and back,  side to side, and up and down in a virtual space), Oculus Quest also offers two touch motion controllers made out a mix of glossy and matte plastic that have analog sticks and physical buttons and triggers.

It also has the great selection of 50 games and some of them are very popular already: Robo Recall, Moss and Vader Immort, which is a “Star Wars” experience that will immerse players in the game’s theatrical story, “You’ll be able to step inside the world of Star Wars in the comfort of your living room and, for the first time, truly feel free.”, adds ILM(Industrial Light & Music) ‘s representatives.

Moreover, Oculus Quest‘s tracking system technology(named Oculus Insight by Facebook) is able to detect corners, edges and other things as walls, ceilings, furniture, windows and even curtains thank to its four ultra-wide-angle sensors. A member of the Oculus team said about this sensor system: “Oculus Insight uses four ultra-wide-angle sensors and advanced computer vision algorithms to track your position in real time.”.

 

 Technic specs

 

  • display resolution of 1600×1440 per eye (provides clear and colorful images)
  • the processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • the 64GB version costs $400
  • fully wireless
  • support for 360 degree audio

For now, this is the only information related to Oculus Quest’s technic specifications, but we are waiting to receive even more exact details regarding its 3D-performance specs.

 

 

Wait a bit… is there a connetion between the Project Santa Cruz and Oculus Quest?

 

 

Not only that they are fully connected, but they are also the same. Yesss, you read correctly, Oculus Quest is actually the Project Santa Cruz whom the Facebook team presented it back in 2016 at Facebook’s Connect Developer Conference.

 

Despite not being given concrete details about Oculus Quest, there is someone to leave this news on a more positive note: “I have always considered Santa Cruz/Quest to be Facebook’s target device and form factor. It gives them the performance and control of the user experience that the Rift cannot because of Windows and PC makers. That’s why I think they are able to squeeze so much performance out of the 835, they have been optimizing for that chip for years. They want this to be what developers target first and foremost.”, said  Anshel Sag, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

Acer’s latest VR headset: OJO 500

Acer’s latest VR headset: OJO 500

From 31 August to 5 September, the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) show will host exhibitors, entrepreneurs, producers and innovative creators from all around the world who will present their latest tech developments. The audience, thereby, will be able to form an idea about the next generation of emergent technology.

Currently, at the “Europe’s biggest tech show”(name given to the event because of the great number of visitors and exhibitors present there in 2015), Acer is in the spotlight and the reason for it is the revealing of the Windows Mixed Reality headset’s update, Acer OJO 500, at a press conference there.

 

In what ways is OJO 500 different from other Acer VR headsets?

 

The  statements of Acer senior product manager Eric Ackerson  “They were all the same.” and of Andrew Chung, General Manager, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “The Acer OJO 500 brings several significant new features to this class of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. We’ve improved the user experience with innovative visual and audio technologies and made the headset more comfortable and easier than ever to use.” reveal the uniqueness of OJO 500 and show that this time, the Taiwanese company really succeeded in creating something innovative.

One of the improvements consists in the modular design with parts that can be detachable. Thanks to this feature, users can now easily separate the lens and the head strap, this update contributing to a more hygienic experience. This makes Acer the first company in the world to create a detachable VR headset.

Also, users will have over 2500 games and apps thanks to the fact that the device supports both the Steam VR and Microsoft Store platforms.

 

             What’s inside the headset?

 

Inside OJO 500, there are two front-hinged 2.89-inch high-resolution liquid crystal displays that offer a wide 100 degree field of view, deliver a 2880 x 1440 resolution and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz. Also, in order to provide maximum clarity, a patented smart phone app to measure IPD distance ( the distance between the centers of each of your pupils) and a built-in interpupillary distance (IPD) wheel are included.

Moreover, unlike Samsung‘s HMD Odyssey headset, users of this headset can hear audio without headphones, because of  the OJO 500’s integrated ‘sound pipe’ technlogy

 

 

 

 

When will the headset start to be shipped?

 

In November, all the people interested in OJO 500 will be able to buy it at the price of $399 in US and and $499 in Europe, Africa and in the Middle East.

Goblin 2 VR headset: one of the 2018’s  greatest VR headsets

Goblin 2 VR headset: one of the 2018’s greatest VR headsets

Pico Goblin 2 standalone VR headset is the new VR headset recently released at a press conference. This is the third standalone VR headset created by the Beijing-based company founded in 2015, Pico Intercative. The company has already reached the number of 300 members located in the US, Europe and Asia .

      Is Goblin 2 really matching all the great expectations?

Preceded by Pico Goblin and Pico Neo, Pico Goblin 2 comes with  little adjustments in order to create more amazing VR experiences. ” Our mission is built around the principle of “user first design” . We design to advance VR technology beyond current barriers in the industry.” is what the company states regarding the principle around which its devices are built.

 

The headset’s updates consist in:

  • a lighter weight: 268g (Pico Goblin has 400 g)
  • 5mm audio jack
  • two 5-inch TFT displays for a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600 (3K)
  • the refresh rate of the displays: 90Hz
  • Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform( it assures a smooth experience)
  • battery capacity: 3500mAh (around 3 hours of use)
  • 4+64GB of memory and 256GB micro-SD card expansion
  • field of view: 101°.

 

     Did I mention affordable?

Tmall and JD.com sell the Goblin 2 VR headset at ¥1999( around $293) . The price is really good taking in considerance the larger battery and all its updates.

 

Other opinions on this device

    

       Pico CEO Henry Zhou said that “Pico has always been committed to providing an ultimate mobile VR experience, and we’ve put a lot of research and R&D investment into G2. Our hope is that with the first-class hardware and software design, and the affordable price range, people can really get excited with the easy and immersive G2 experience.”

 

Qualcomm‘s XR Business lead, Gabriel Guo, said: “The Qualcomm 835 mobile platform brings an excellent interactive experience to users with extremely fast speed, long battery life and less heat. It also supports advanced game functions, improves graphics rendering speed by 25%, color display by 64 times, achieving higher rendering level with lower power consumption. We are delighted to keep working with Pico as we continue to elevate the mobile VR experience.”

 

 

Now, all we can sum up is that Goblin 2 is the new generation of all-in-one VR headsets that brings the VR industry to an advanced level.

Pimax brings world’s first 8K VR headset

Pimax brings world’s first 8K VR headset

Pimax VR announced that the obstacles that stood in the way of the mass production phase of  its 8K VR headset have been eliminated last week, which means that  we are now supposed to just wait a little bit of time until we can buy it.

 

What is Pimax VR?

      Pimax VR is a technology company from China that in 2016 was the first  to commercialize a 4K VR headset. Now, it has refined elements and resolved issues by creating the 8K VR headset, the headset so many people have been waiting for and it is also expected to become one of the most affordable commercial VR headsets on the market.

 

In what ways is this headset better than others?

Well, first of all, Pimax brings a field of view setting that is adjustable. The company is currently working  on a software solution that would enable users to dial it back to 170 degrees.

Also, the partnership between Pimax and VAQSO (a Tokyo-based start-up company) will immerse the public even more in the virtual reality experience provided by the 8K VR headset by bringing a scent emitter module to it.

 

 

How does the scent emitter module work?

Several plastic cartridges  are mounted just above the nostrils and under the eyes. In order for the scents to be gently blown towards the nose  in sync to the game you are playing, it is used a fan.

The available scents include for now ‘fish’, ‘ramen’, ‘burnt’ and ‘grassland’ and they can be changed out  according to the videogame the user is playing.

 

 

      Other information about the Pimax 8K VR headset

  • It achieves high-resolution visuals : 3840 x 2160 dual displays
  • It provides a 200-degree field of view
  • It provides 200 FOV which is far superior than any other headset out there including the HTC Vive Pro
  • It targets an 80Hz refresh rate

 

 

To sum up, the 8K VR headset from Pimax VR is going to arrive and immerse the public in this half of the year. Pimax founder Robin Wang said “The obstacles that prevent us from mass production have been eliminated last week. Thus the whole project now can move on with full speed towards Kickstarter delivery. The team works 11 hours per day, six days per week to speed up the iterations.”.

VR Headset with human eye resolution?

VR Headset with human eye resolution?

The desire of some people with vision and passion to build a VR headset able to immerse the public in a virtual world where you can see as clearly as in the real one influenced the setting up of Varjo Technologies, which is a Finnish technology company founded in 2016.

 

Can this VR headset really revolutionize reality?

 

The Varjo headset is thereby a revolutionary device thanks to the bionic display that lets users to visualize virtual objects in human eye resolution and it delivers such an accurate image that no other device on the market could deliver at the moment.

 

Specifications

 

  • Context display: 1440 x 1600 @ 90Hz
  • Varjo Bionic Display: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
  • Integrated 100Hz stereo-eye tracking
  • SteamVR tracking with controller support
  • Upgradeable with Varjo s Mixed Reality Add-on, available in 2019
  • It will support SteamVR Tracking 2.0

 

Varjo headset ’s Mixed Reality

The Mixed Reality add-on to their headset captures real-time video with 2 4K cameras at 90 FPS, meant to provide a seamless and realistic MR experience.

 

When will it be launched and how much will it cost?

The first Varjo professional headset will be released in late 2018 and being given the fact that it uses a combination of macrodisplays and microdisplays to put high density resolution,  its price will be around $10,000 or even under. Also, the Varjo headset will be exclusively targeting professional/enterprise use-cases.

What PC system is recommended?

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Processor or AMD FX™ 9590, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM DDR4 or more
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1080 or higher
  • Video Output: 2x DisplayPort 1.2 ports
  • USB: 1 x USB-A 3.0 port 2 x USB-A ports (2.0 or 3.0)
  • Unity: Unity Engine v 2017.3.1 or higher
  • Unreal Engine: Unreal® Engine 4.19 or higher
  • Hard Drive Space: 2 GB or more

 

To sum up, Varjo CMO Jussi Mäkinen says that Varjo wants to pioneer the productivity use-case of VR, using a mix of hardware and software. One example he gave was using a totally virtual workspace without the need for physical monitors, something that can really only happen once headset resolution is high enough. He said that the software side is expected to be revolutionized by the company in the future.

Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset

What is Lenovo Mirage Solo?

Lenovo Mirage Solo is a  revolutionary $399 VR headset  that was created thanks to the partnership between Lenovo and Google. The good news is  that in order to be immersed in the virtual world, you do not need a separate smartphone nor a powerful  PC, because Lenovo Mirage Solo has the innards of a modern Android smartphone powering it.

 

Solo’s specs

  • It has a built-in 5.5-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution (1280 x 1440 per eye) and a Snapdragon 835 processor
  • plasticky white body
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • a microSD slot
  • Weight: 1.42 pounds
  • A battery size of 4000 mAH

What technology is used?

While wearing the VR headset, you can move your head around in full 3D space thanks to Google’s WorldSense technology, which is an inside-out tracking tech. Two cameras on the front of the hardware are used by The WorldSense system.  Now, just put the headset on your head and this technology lets you  get off the couch to walk, jump, dodge or otherwise interact with the virtual world you’re seeing.

Apps

Google mentioned, after announcing the partnership with Lenovo, that 350 games and 70 that are using the WorldSense 6DoF technology will be available on this VR headset.  So, you can already start browsing the games and see if you like the content.

Highs

  • WorldSense works brilliantly
  • Comfortable design
  • A fully untethered VR experience offering six degrees of freedom.
  • Excellent screen with light-directing Fresnel lenses and a 110-degree field of view.
  • Solid construction

 

Lows

  • Limited motion controls
  • There s only one controller, which means you can not grab objects or interact with avatars in social way like yo can with more sophisticated platforms
  • LCD Display, instead of OLED
  • Bulki for transport

 

Coclusion

Lenovo Mirage Solo provides an excellent, imersive and premium experience and it represents one of the first fully-integrated VR headsets to hit the market and by using it, the most demanding games are able to run at optimum speed thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which is the same chip powering the Galaxy S8 handset.

Apple’s upcomming VR headset

Apple’s upcomming VR headset

Apple VR headset?! When to arrive?

If we talk about Apple’s VR headset, we talk about 2020, because this is, aproximatively, the year of its launching. Although it is just a rumour for now, Tim Cook, the Apple CEO,  does not hesitate to show his excitement regarding virtual reality and augumented reality. In 2016, he said at ”Good Morning America”:

There’s virtual reality and there’s augmented reality — both of these are incredibly interesting. I’m excited about VR from an education point of view, I think it can be really big for education, I think it can be very big for games.”.

 

What vision is there regarding Apple VR headset?

 

4K display per eye. That is how much the actual VR headsets on the market can reach so far. On the other hand,  Apple’s VR headse will be a dream headset, taking in consideration that it will feature 8K display for each eye. Also, while the current VR headsets need to be connected to a gaming system or a PC, Apple VR Headset is rumored to work independently of other devices, without being connected to a constant power source.

Apple is known for the simplicity of its devices’ design. Thereby, Apple’s trademark on its VR headset is the simplicity, because it’s supposedly going to connect to a dedicated box through a high-speed, wireless tech called 60GHz WiGig.  Apple’s current A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone X uses 10-nanometer construction, while the box will be powered by a 5-nanometer proprietary Apple processor.

 

How much will it cost?

 

There has not been made any disclosure regarding the price, but it is expected to be a pretty high one. We can look at the other VR headsets’ price in order to have an idea at least:

  • The HTC Vive costs £499/$499
  • The HTC Vive Pro costs £799/799
  • The Oculus Rift costs $399/£499
  • PlayStation VR costs £259/$299
  • Samsung Gear VR costs £100/$129

 

        All in all, we are looking forward to the launch announcement of the Apple VR headset that will take virtual reality to another level in 2020.

Oculus Go- the cheapest way you can experience virtual reality

Oculus Go- the cheapest way you can experience virtual reality

What is Oculus Go?

Oculus Go is the newest device recently launched by Facebook , at the F8 Conference in San Jose, California. Some of the things that make this virtual reality headset unique and different are its cheap price and the immersive experience you get to have while entering in the virtual world displayed through this device.

Standalone VR headsets have been a dream until recently and Oculus Go takes it to a whole new level. We have all heard about Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream VR and HTC Vive VR headsets, but there is something about Oculus Go that makes it different from all those mentioned earlier.

 

Why is Oculus Go that special? To what computers or phones do I need to connect it?

 

Oculus Go is special because all you need is the headset and your head. It is a standalone device, as i mentioned a little bit earlier. You simply pair the standalone VR headset with your phone, put it on your head, and you’re off to the VR races. Besides these, it offers excellent visuals, a comfortable fit and a solid build.  There are also no external tracking sensors, and nothing to set up. Pretty simple, righ?

Other opinions about Oculus Go

 

Lori Gil, who is newer to the VR community, got to try out the Oculus Go during GDC 2018. She said:

Oculus Go, in my opinion, is positioned to be the first true consumer-focused VR system to bring new people into the fold. No, it’s not a top-quality device with all the bells and whistles, but it is completely self-contained so the initial investment is minimal. For $200, you can get started with VR. You don’t need a special phone, you don’t even need a phone at all! You don’t need a special computer or graphics card or game console. It’s the perfect starter VR device. Once new users get into VR through Oculus Go, they can then decide whether to move on to something more powerful if they’re ready to go all-in, or stick with the entry-level device if they discover they’re not heavy VR players. I can’t wait to get one.”.

 

Pros

  • Relatively affordable (the 32GB model for $199, and the 64GB model for $249)
  • Low-key but solid hardware
  • Comfortable, convenient, wireless
  • Experience is almost as good as Oculus Rift

Cons

    • Doesn’t track position
    • Limited software library
    • Battery-to-charge-time ratio isn’t ideal

Sony Playstation VR – a brilliant inexpensive VR experience

Sony Playstation VR – a brilliant inexpensive VR experience

What is Sony Playstation VR?

Playstation VR represents Sony Interactive Entertainment’s entry to the world of virtual reality. This headset is the proof that technology is still improving, Playstation VR being the first true virtual reality experience available for a home gaming console without the need for a high-end PC.

Key Features

  • Review Price: £349.00
  • 7-inch OLED Screen
  • Resolution: 1,920 x RGB x 1,080 (960 x RGB x 1,080 per eye)
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz, 90Hz
  • 360 degree vision
  • Integrated microphone, accelerometer, gyroscopes
  • 120 frames per second

   Once bought, what is in the headset’s box? How long does it take the setup?

Most importantly, you find in its box the VR headset and along with it a processor unit, an HDMI cable, instruction manuals, a set of in-ear headphones, a lens-cleaning cloth, a demo disc and all the power cables you need.

Setting up the device could take around 30 minutes which makes the process be less trickier than it sounds.

PS VR’s design

    The sleek white edging, the black fascia and the cool lights to allow for motion tracking make the headset look like a gorgeous piece of tech. Also, people are surprised by how lightweight PS VR is considering the size.

   What do I need in order to have an immersive experience through PS VR?

You can have great gaming experiences if you have PS VR system, your PS4 and PS Camera. Most games utilize the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller.

 

Pros

  • Simple setup
  • Affordable
  • Integrated stereo headphones
  • Comfortable to wear even with glasses

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with required accessories
  • Processor unit needs to be unplugged to power down
  • Limited efficacy of camera and Move controllers

 Available games

Genres:

shooters (RIGS Mechanized Combat League, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood), puzzle (SuperHyperCube)

racing (Driveclub VR), horror (Resident Evil 7 biohazard, due out 2017) and more.

To sum up, Playstation VR is Sony ’s glorious debut and it is a stunning device, very comfortable to wear and it makes you have a great VR experience.

Virtual reality becomes reality through the Oculus Rift

Virtual reality becomes reality through the Oculus Rift

Who created the Oculus Rift VR Headset?
Palmer Luckey is the inventor of the Oculus Rift VR headset. He was 18 back then, in 2011, when he created this device in his parents garage in Long Beach, California.
Key Features
• A 2,600-by-1,200 OLED panel is used to produce a 1,080-by-1,200 picture for each eye , separated by the lenses in the headset
• Requires a powerful gaming PC
• Xbox One controller included, Rift Controllers coming later
• Remote control
• Head-tracking sensor
• Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer Operationg System required
• The headset together with two sensors and the Touch Controllers cost $399.
How to setup your Oculus Rift Headset?
Actually, setting up your Headset is pretty simple. First, you need to download the Oculus setup software on your PC. Plug the headset and sensors into your computer, using an HDMI and three USB 3.0 ports.
Second, sync the remote by pulling out the battery tab and pressing a button. Finally (and optionally), plug the Xbox One receiver into a USB 2.0 port and pair the gamepad with it. Once these steps are complete, you can slip the headset on and jump into the Oculus software.

Some of the other requirements to use Oculus Rift are…
Regarding the graphics card, you need a Nvidia GeForce 980 desktop chip for laptops. Desktops will require at least a Nvidia 970 card or an AMD 290 graphics cardfor desktops. To plug the headset in, your system needs three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port and HDMI 1.3.

Pros
 Built-in 3-D audio makes the VR experiences that much more riveting
 Excellent quality of the headset
 Lightweight headse
 Functional platform with a wide selection of available games
 It strongly immerses you in virtual world
Cons
 The view for each eye lens can end up subtly different (shadow or reflection on one eye, but not the other) breaking immersion quite a bit.
 No pass-through camera
 No pass-through camera
 No pass-through camera

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