Looking at the direction in which technology is moving right now, you won t be able to dodge facing virtual reality for long. And why should you even, it s quite darn cool. However, along with being cool, it s quite expensive as well. But, Lenovo understands the importance virtual reality may hold in 2017, and so it is ready to release a new VR headset which is comfortable, efficient and most of all affordable. Lenovo recently gave a sneak peak into the prototype of its Holographic VR headset, and a few got a chance to get a hands-on of the device. Also Read - Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 could come with support for 150W fast charging: Details hereAlso Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 in November 2021: Dell Inspiron 15 3000, HP Chromebook 14a, more
Compared to the existing PC-depended headsets like Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, Lenovo s Holographic VR headset is supposed to be visibly more compact and lighter. Lenovo says that the final product would weigh around 350 grams. The design of the headset takes inspiration from Playstation VR s design approach, and unlike the most VR headsets that have most of their weight hanging on the bridge of a user s nose, Lenovo s VR headset rests mainly on their forehead, which increases the device comfort dramatically. I have used the Gear VR quite a bit, and the straps around and over my head really tire me after a while. As opposed to that, from what the description of the Lenovo headset sounds, this could really allow a longer usage of the device. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 for multitasking to buy in October 2021
Another positive bit spoken about the headset s design is by Engadget, which says that Lenovo’s headset is just as good at getting out of your face as it is as sitting in front of it. The main display assembly sits on a hinge that you can just swing up and out of your way, perfect for when you need to take a quick breather or check your phone. ALSO READ: CES 2017: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom with Snapdragon 835 processor could launch tomorrow
Inside, the headset features two 1440 x 1440 OLED panels for its display, which makes it higher resolution than both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Since the handed over prototype wasn t a functional one, the publication did not comment on the visual experience of the device. For tracking, the headset uses inside-out, six degrees-of-freedom tracking.
Also, The Verge reports that, Lenovo also isn t producing any motion controllers for the headset, instead relying on third-party options that will be manufactured to the Windows Holographic specification. As for what you ll actually be able to do with this headset, Lenovo says that every Windows Store application will work in a theater-style floating viewer mode, and some HoloLens software will also be converted to the platform. ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 features leaked ahead of CES 2017 launch
Further, the headset features two camera sitting in the front of the device, which allows Lenovo to provide room-scale virtual experiences without making you set up HTC Vive-like light posts for tracking. Engadget speculates, It’s possible these cameras will also allow for live footage to stream to the pair of screens, offering users a view of what’s in front of them. From there, we have to wonder if HoloLens-like mixed reality applications are possible too.
As for the pricing, Lenovo has not revealed the exact amount, but it did say that the device will be priced below $400, which is close to Rs 30,000. The shipping schedule of the device hasn t been revealed either. ALSO READ: CES 2017: Dell XPS 13 2-in1 convertible with, Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor launched
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