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:
- No external sensors
- Not wired to a PC
- Provides positional tracking
- Inbuilt computer
These will allow us to have the best of mobile adaptor type and PC tethered type HMD
- Easy/No setup
- Room Scale VR and more!
Who are working on Standalone HMD:
- Hololens is the first to release a development kit for a standalone HMD in March 2016.
- Project Alloy was announced by Intel in August 2016 and will be using its Intel RealSense 3D depth camera technology
- Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ Prototype was announced at Oculus Connect 3 in October 2016
- Sulon Q was announced in March 2016 and has been called “a working version of Facebook dream standalone VR headset”
- Qualcomm has released the VR820 reference headset where companies can use to make their own standalone VR headset
- 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.
One last thing:
They are gonna be expensive if we take reference from the Hololens which is USD3000 but hopefully not.