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Varjo unveils headset for VR, AR and MR – and its resolution beats everything out there

Varjo unveils headset for VR, AR and MR – and its resolution beats everything out there

Finnish VR hardware start-up Varjo Technologies is demonstrating the world’s first “human eye-resolution” headset for VR, AR, MR (mixed reality), beating rivals Oculus and HTC Vive in terms of resolution. Codenamed “20|20” after perfect vision, Varjo’s prototype is based on technology created by a team of optical scientists, creatives and developers who formerly occupied top positions at Microsoft, Nokia, Intel, Nvidia and Rovio.

Varjo offers little in the way of pictures of its headmounted display, but did post this image showing one of its team wearing a VR headset on Instagram.

The headset boasts resolutions more than 70X greater than any currently available or announced head-mounted display (including Magic Leap), and is, not surprisingly, intended for professional users. The manufacturer claims that its and technology enables “unprecedented levels of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) realism”.

The headset uses Varjo’s patented technology that replicates how the human eye naturally works, creating a super high-resolution image to the users gaze direction. This is further combined with video-see-through (VST) technology for greatly improved AR/MR capabilities.

“Varjo’s patented display innovation pushes VR technology 10 years ahead of the current state-of-the-art, where people can experience unprecedented resolution of VR and AR content limited only by the perception of the human eye itself,” said Urho Konttori, CEO and founder of Varjo Technologies. “This technology, along with Varjo VST, jump-starts the immersive computing age overnight – VR is no longer a curiosity, but now can be a professional tool for all industries.”

Varjo Technologies Oy is based in Helsinki and is creating the world’s best hardware and software for groundbreaking VR/AR/XR computing devices, merging the real and digital worlds seamlessly together.

This technology will be shipping in Varjo-branded products specifically for professional users and applications starting in late Q4, 2017.

The founders of Varjo Technologies (L-R): Urho Konttori, Klaus Melakari and Roope Rainisto.

Varjo has demonstrated 20|20 to more than 30 technology journalists and analysts worldwide. Comparative images between different headsets and more can be found at www.varjo.com/media. Interested ISVs and developers seeking access to Varjo’s Beta program should contact [email protected] for more details.

 

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