Update March 10, 12:08pm PT: More details have emerged about the wireless VR HMD, including the company behind it. The Immersive Technology Alliance announced today that Optoma, a projection technology company, is the entity behind the wireless VR headset. The company revealed that the HMD will communicate via a proprietary 2.4 GHz signal. The ITA said that prototype devices are "being hand made as we speak," and it is hoping to host a tech demo at the next annual ITA meeting.
The ITA also announced that Optoma has joined the Immersive Technology Alliance as it's newest member.
There’s a new VR HMD being developed that will work on your PC without wires tethering you down. The brand name isn’t being revealed, but MTBS3D was given access to an early prototype and was given permission to share some of the details.
Neil Schneider, President and CEO of Meant To Be Seen (MTBS3D) and Founder of The Immersive Technology Alliance, shared some interesting and exciting news today about a new VR HMD that is being developed by a “reputable brand” that “has been around for many years.”
Many of the details regarding the new VR HMD, including the brand behind it, the name of the device, and what method the wireless head and body tracking will use, are being withheld for now, but MTBS3D was given permission to reveal some of the hardware specifications. However, MTBS3D noted that much of it is subject to change as the development of the product advances.
The display in the headset is a 5.46-inch color AMOLED Full-HD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The headset also features independent adjustable eye relief and it has a 3-lens optical module and offers a 90 degree FOV. MTBS3D indicated that the current field of view is for the prototype, so it could be wider in later revisions.
The real interesting part of this announcement is of course the wireless capabilities of the HMD. The current prototype apparently includes a wireless video receiver embedded in the HMD. MTBS3D said the HMD is currently limited to a 15- to 20-foot range, which is limited only by the amount of power the receiver is allotted. The current power source is a 16,000 mAh battery pack that is connected via USB 2.0.
The transmitter that sends the video signal connects to the PC with an HDMI cable, and it requires external power to function.
MTBS3D was not given permission to share the name of the company making the wireless HMD, but it was able to share some images of the hardware. We’ve been told the headset is not being built by Razer, but the shell of the HMD appears to be a carbon copy of the current OSVR Hacker Developer kits.