Standalone HMD: The future of VR HMD *Update*

Current HMD types that are common are the mobile adaptor type like Samsung Gear VR or PC tethered type like HTC Vive. There is a third type which will be the direction where hardware development is currently moving towards: Standalone HMD

The features of the Standalone HMD are:

  1. No external sensors
  2. Not wired to a PC
  3. Provides positional tracking
  4. Inbuilt computer

These will allow us to have the best of mobile adaptor type and PC tethered type HMD

  1. Easy/No setup
  2. Room Scale VR and more!

Who are working on Standalone HMD:

  1. Hololens is the first to release a development kit for a standalone HMD in March 2016.

    Microsoft Hololens

    Microsoft Hololens. Photo by Microsoft Sweden. CC-BY-2.0

  2. Project Alloy was announced by Intel in August 2016 and will be using its Intel RealSense 3D depth camera technology

    Intel Project Alloy

    Intel’s Craig Raymond displays the Project Alloy virtual reality headset.

  3. Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ Prototype was announced at Oculus Connect 3 in October 2016

    Oculus 'Santa Cruz'

    Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ Prototype

  4. Sulon Q was announced in March 2016 and has been called “a working version of Facebook dream standalone VR headset

  5. Qualcomm has released the VR820 reference headset where companies can use to make their own standalone VR headset
  6. Google has just announced that they will be working with HTC and Lenovo to launch a standalone VR headset with what they term “Worldsense”  which is based on the Google Tango tracking system. They are also working together with Qualcomm for the reference design. Whether if it is the same as the earlier announce reference design is yet to be revealed.
Snapdragon VR820

Snapdragon VR820 reference headset

One last thing:

They are gonna be expensive if we take reference from the Hololens which is USD3000 but hopefully not.

Roy

Roy started getting into Virtual Reality in 2016. Ever since, he has been getting deeper and deeper into this whirlpool of amazing experiences. From starting the IGNITE VR blog, to organizing VR meetups at ASIAVR, Roy feels that he is still at the start of the biggest journey of his life.

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