Varjo, a growing XR company, has launched their second VR headset. This headset is coming with human-eye resolution and hand tracking as well. It is coming in two different models, the VR-2 and the VR-2 Pro. The new headsets are compatible with SteamVR content as well as the OpenVR platform that is mainly used as a development platform. The resolution is an impressive 4K per eye, effectively putting away the screen door effect that we hate to see inside of virtual headsets.
The headsets also include a new Bionic Display that is going to enhance natural peripheral vision as well as color constancy through different apps and softwares. We don’t have our hands on one of these new headsets from Varjo just yet, but when we do, we will give a full in-depth review on the hardware.
“One of the main goals of SteamVR is to support a diverse ecosystem of hardware and software. Varjo is taking a unique approach to building high-end industrial VR products, and we are excited that users of Varjo will be able to take advantage of the wide array of SteamVR content for professionals,” said Joe Ludwig, Programmer at Valve, in an official release.
If the perfect resolution and the hand tracking weren’t enough to make you spend $5,000, eye tracking is going to be included in the Pro version of the headset. This will allow companies that use this headset to track where each employee is looking exactly, making this headset easy to use when you have your own software with good eye-tracking habits ready to be deployed into new and improved Varjo headset.
Because the hand tracking in this headset is so powerful, Varjo hasn’t worried about making controllers, as you will be able to interact with the world with your own two hands. This eliminates any latency or frustration the classic VR controller brings to the table. This hand tracking is going to be elite, not the same technology you will find inside of the Oculus Quest this upcoming January.
“Being able to see in high fidelity and interact without controllers revolutionizes professional VR,” said Steve Cliffe, CEO of Ultraleap, in the same release. “Varjo’s human-eye resolution visual fidelity is unprecedented. So is the accuracy and low latency of Ultraleap’s hand tracking. The Varjo VR-2 Pro is the best integration of the two technologies and sets a new standard for natural user experience in VR. We’re very excited about the value it will unlock for demanding use-cases such as training, simulation and industrial design.”
“We have seen first-hand what the power of human-eye resolution in VR can offer in terms of expanding the realm of applications for the enterprise,” added Urho Konttori, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Varjo. “Today we bring the Resolution Revolution overnight to nearly all industrial applications, unlocking the next level of professional VR. With VR-2 and VR-2 Pro, professionals can benefit from the industry’s highest visual fidelity and the most precise eye-tracking joining forces with the leading hand tracking technology.”
Just like the other VR and XR headsets made by Varjo, this headset is meant to be used by individuals and companies that rely on high-detailed imaging to complete their day-to-day work. The VR-2 is available for purchase at varjo.com for $4,995, and the VR-2 Pro is going to be $5,995 on the same Varjo website. For more VR news and hardware updates, you can check back at VRGear.com.