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CES2018: The new high-resolution HTC Vive Pro

The new HTC Vive Pro has been announced

Those of you who are following HTC’s official Twitter account, were probably prepared what to expect from their CES release in Las Vegas. HTC however was able to bring some surprises as well. The highlight of the show was without a doubt the high-resolution HTC Vive Pro, but they were managed to bring us the Vive Wireless Adapter as well. No more annoying cables around while we enjoy some immersive virtual reality content. Speaking of immersive VR, the new HTC Vive Pro is now comes with 2880 x 1600 pixels (combined) and 3,5″ Dual AMOLED screens. Performance wasn’t the only improvement, comfort has been in focus for HTC as well. The following functions are now all adjustable: lens distance, IPD, headphone, and headstrap. The headset also become lighter than the previous generation.

htc vive pro

By the freedom what the Vive Wireless Adapter going to provide, Virtual Reality can step up on to a whole new level of experience. HTC hasn’t shared when and what price the new adapter will be available, but some says we can expect it somewhere between July and September. The adapter is based on Intel’s WiGig technology, and it’s going to run at 60GHz. According to HTC that will result less delay and better peformance. The adapter will be compatible with the previous generation HTC Vive as well as the new device.

Vive wireless adapter

HTC has also announced the all new incteractive store called Viveport VR along with new Vive Video app that comes with integrated content from Vimeo.

Images source: HTC 

Magic Leap One MR Goggles Revealed

Magic Leap has finally unveiled it’s Mixed Reality Goggles

After 3 years of waiting the device that had extraordinary promises for the world is finally unveiled. Magic Leap calls it the “One” and described as a “Creator Edition”.
The device is based on digital lightfield technology, with an advanced sensor system that will be able to detect our physical environment in a very effective way.
This technology is different than most of the AR & MR HMDs that are currently available.

Magic Leap
claims that users will not only be able to see an Augmented or Mixed Reality environment, but they also be able to interact with it.
The consumer version of the device is planned to be available in 2018, although the exact date is yet to be confirmed. A SDK will be coming in early 2018.

magic leap
Source: Magic Leap


Snapchat launches new AR app Lens Studio

Snap Inc. introducing Augmented Reality app Lens Studio

New way to create Lenses for the Snapchat community


Snapchat has just announced Augmented Reality app Lens Studio for Mac and Windows that aims to let users create their own augmented reality creations. After being a major participant of the AR community by providing augmented reality lenses for users now anyone can create their own lenses by Lens Studio. The app will also make new ways of possibilites for advertisers, by letting them create their own AR ad campaigns. You can start using Lens Studio right away and make your own 3d creations. Find out more about Snap’s requirments here.


VR Headsets under $10

5 non cardboard VR Headsets under 10 bucks on Amazon

Thanks to smartphones VR don’t need to be an expensive hobby by 2017. Even a 3 year old Samsung Note 4 is capable to do VR with a littlebit of tweaking, and the only thing required is a VR headset.
Well the good news is there are a growing number of VR headsets on Amazon right now under 10 bucks.

Let’s start with the most expensive from this selection:

Celexon Economy VRG-1

VR headset under $10


Well it is indeed economical if we judge by the price.
Celexon claims it’s compatible with all smartphones from 4,7″ to 6″.
Lenses designed for optimal 3D display with 110° FOV.
It’s designed to be comfortable and ultra light weight (13.4 ounces).
From this specific Celexon product only white color variant available.


Elegiant 3D VR Headset

vr gift under $10


Diving further down, we quickly reach the $8-$9 price range.
Elegiant’s 3D VR headset has a “slide in” style smartphone port.
Also compatible with all smartphones from 4,7″ to 6″.
Sponge areas and adjustable straps undertakes ideal weight, and comes with an extremely soft and thick foam.
Available only in black.


True Depth 3D VR Inferno

virtual reality under 10 bucks


The VR Inferno is just slightly below the previous product in price, though it comes with a few more extra features.
Including magnet trigger control, break away cover that allows your phone’s camera to capture the room around you.
Comfy leather padding, and last but not least slide out phone compartment.
Only black available.


iJoy VR Headset

vr gift under $10


iJoy’s VR headset comes also with a slide in style smartphone compartment.
The phone cover is a grilled design probably for some fresh air for those smartphones that, to use iJoy’s words: “will spend hours of gaming and watching films”.
It is indeed a nice gift for less then 8 bucks. Compatible with any modern smartphones.
Color variants: Only grey available at the time of this article being published. 


True Depth 3D VR Flame

cheap vr headsets


True Depth 3D’s VR Flame is at the moment the cheapest VR headset on Amazon.
Featuring adjustable lenses, adjustable straps, and break away cover.
Compatible with 4″ to 6″ smartphones.
Available only in black.

So it is possible to experience VR under $10, and as the technology evolves this list going to be even broader with more features involved.
Please keep in mind this is just a random selection of non cardboard VR headsets under $10 from Amazon. There are more products available in this price range.

Disclaimer: These prices are valid at the time of the release of this article. Prices may change in the future for which we don’t take any responsibility.

5 Powerful Augmented Reality Glasses from 2017

Augmented Reality glasses are around since 2015, mobile AR took the credit last year, and the cutting edge wearable technology getting the well deserved exposure this year.  Although the technology is not yet there where VR is, but it’s getting closer. So here are 5 of the most powerful Augmented Reality glasses from 2017, and next year.


ODG R-9 Smartglasses ODG R-9 Smart Glasses

ODG R-9 smartglasses are Osterhout Group’s latest heavy duty equipment on the visual front and offer an additional wide-field-of-view for big business outline and representation, gaming and diversion, and broadened reality advancement. Use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6DoF and SLAM innovations to create, collaborate and devour content.

The ODG R-9 glasses are fueled by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, and runs ODG’s Android Nougat 7.0-based Reticle OS. It has six-level of-flexibility following, so it can put computerized things in genuine space rather than simply slapping a level overlay over the world. In view of the already reported Project Horizon model, the ODG R-9 is the top of the line demonstrate, intended to give more modern choices. It has a 50-degree field of view — which is huge for augumented reality glasses — with 1080p determination and a 13-megapixel forward looking camera that can record 4K video.

An extension port in the ODG R-9 glasses gives organizations a chance to connect specific sensor modules, including highlights like low-light vision or enhanced ecological scanning. At around $1,800, it’s less expensive than either the Microsoft HoloLens or ODG’s more tough R-7 industrial glasses, which will stay on sale for $2,750.

ODG R-9 Augmented Reality & Mixed Reality Powerhouse

So what precisely would you say you should do with these glasses? ODG concedes that they’re not “intended to be worn constantly,” but rather are intended to be conveyed for watching movies on an advanced digital large screen, playing games, or utilizing applications. It’s working with 21st Century Fox’s Innovation Lab on encounters that incorporate 3D movies and an intelligent augmented reality demo in light of the Alien establishment. Joined with the Migu organization, this gives at least the start of a catalog, though we are still holding up to perceive how well the glasses themselves hold up.

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Metavision Meta 2 Augmented Reality HMD

Meta 2 AR glass

The Meta 2 is made for AR App Development .The Meta 2 arrives with highlights and abilities intended for creating special AR experiences. It is a tethered device, which is a great compromise when it comes to Augmented Reality. But that also makes certain things possible, like the the broadest field of view (FOV) accessible in AR. Regardless of whether you’re building 3D engineering models or finding out about human life structures, you can touch, get, push, and draw shocking 3D visualizations in the Meta 2. So being connected to a computer may take away some advantages from the device but it definitely going to be a powerful developer equipment for the industry.


Improve the World around You

The Meta 2’s strong optical engine overlays high-determination photorealistic content on the physical world, while the unmistakable visor empowers you to see your prompt condition and let you look at people around you.

A User Interface Primed for Productivity

The Meta 2’s user interface enables you to organize 3D content in a way that is ideal for your specific work process, making it perfect for the world of work.

meta 2 augmented reality hmd



  • 90-degree field of view
  • 5K determination, 60Hz revive rate
  • Hand interaction and positional following sensors
  • 720p forward looking RGB camera
  • 9 ft (2.7 m) cable for video, information and power
  • Weighs 1.1 lb/500g
  • Adjustable head straps for comfort
  • Memory foam bolsters pads
  • 4 encompass sound speakers
  • 3 microphones

Recommended PC System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Processor or AMD FX™ 9590, identical or better
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM DDR4 or more
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390X, equal or better
  • Video Output: 1x HDMI 1.4b port
  • USB: 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • 3D Engine: Unity 5.6 or higher
  • Hard Drive Space: 2 GB or more


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Microsoft HoloLens

The best mixed reality glasses in 2017Microsoft HoloLens, under development is referred to as Project Baraboo, is a pair of mixed reality smartglasses created and manufactured by Microsoft. HoloLens picked up ubiquity for being one of the primary PCs running the Windows Mixed Reality stage under the Windows 10 operating system. The HoloLens can follow its genealogy to Kinect, an add-on for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console that was presented in 2010.





The HoloLens is a head-mounted display unit associated with a flexible, padded inner headband, which can tilt HoloLens here and there and in addition forward and backward. To wear the unit, the client fits the HoloLens on their head, utilizing a change wheel at the back of the headband to secure it around the crown, supporting and disseminating the heaviness of the unit similarly for comfort, before tilting the visor towards the front of the eyes.


The HoloLens features an inertial estimation unit (IMU) (which incorporates an accelerometer,  gyroscope, and a magnetometer) four “condition understanding” sensors (two on each side), a vitality effective profundity camera with a 120°×120° point of view, a 2.4-megapixel photographic video camera, a four-microphone array and a ambient light sensor.

Hololens Mixed Reality Glasses

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Starting at 2016, various augmented reality applications have been announced or displayed for Microsoft HoloLens. A gathering of applications will be provided for free for engineers buying the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition.

Some of the applications available and accessible at launch include:

  • Holograms, a list of an assortment of 3D protests that clients can place and scale around them; running from tigers and felines to space shuttles and planets.
  • HoloStudio, a full-scale 3D displaying application by Microsoft with 3D print compatibility.
  • An implementation of the Skype broadcast communications application by Microsoft. Any client with Skype on his or her consistent gadgets like PC, Mobile and so on can dial client on HoloLens and speak with each other even with Video call.
  • HoloTour, an audio visual three-dimensional virtual tourism application.
  • Young Conker, a platform game created by Microsoft and Asobo Studio, including a young version of Conker the Squirrel.
  • RoboRaid (already code-named “Task X-Ray”), an expanded reality first-individual shooter game by Microsoft in which the player shields against a robot intrusion, pointing the weapon by means of gaze, and shooting by means of the Clicker button or an air tap.
  • Actiongram, an application for arranging and recording short video clasps of straightforward blended reality introductions utilizing pre-made 3D virtual assets.
  • Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant.

Applications for HoloLens

Microsoft Visual Studio is an IDE that can be utilized to create applications (both 2D and 3D) for HoloLens. Applications can be tried utilizing HoloLens emulator (included into Visual Studio 2015 IDE) or HoloLens Development Edition.

Mixed Reality Applications

2D applications

HoloLens can run every single Universal Window Platform apps. These applications show up as 2D projections. Not all Windows 10 APIs are as of now bolstered by HoloLens, however by and large the same application can keep running over all Windows 10 gadgets (Including HoloLens), and similar apparatuses that are utilized to create applications for Windows PC or Windows Phone can be utilized to build up a HoloLens application.

3D applications

3D applications, or “holographic” applications, utilize Windows Holographic APIs. Microsoft prescribes Unity motor and Vuforia to make 3D applications for HoloLens, but at the same time it’s workable for a designer to assemble their own particular engine utilizing DirectX and Windows APIs

Epson Moverio BT-350


The BT-350 is smart glass that offers comfortable ergonomics, which means it can be worn over and again for long period by numerous users, in entire solace, regardless of their head shape and size, or if they wear glasses. Up to six hours battery life gives guests a lot of time to examine.

High contrast for genuine AR

With the BT-350, unused show space shows up genuinely transparent and thanks to our Si-OLED micro display technology and its high complexity proportion of 100,000:1. This implies augmented substance can be immersively overlaid onto this present world, making society more available and energizing.

Picture quality and performance

720p HD display and high shine guarantee a fresh picture and distinctive colours to bring exhibits into life. The intense Intel® Atom™ x5 1.44GHz quad-center CPU and 2GB RAM guarantees smooth execution. Built in connectivity and sensors incorporate Bluetooth Smart, Wi-Fi, Miracast and movement sensors. The smart glasses can likewise convey 3D content.

Simple administration and operation

The BT-350 can be utilized both outside and inside thanks to the flip-up shade, or totally hands free because of the controller pocket and neck tie. Several units can be charged and refreshed all the while by means of a discretionary charger, making gadget administration simple.

Key Features

  • Powerful guest encounters: Bring scenes to life through the power of AR
  • Durable and adaptable plan: Designed to be worn effortlessly by an extensive variety of guests
  • Accessories for multi-unit administration: Easy administration and operation of numerous units for huge scale deployment
  • Amazing picture quality: HD show (720p) and high brilliance guarantee a fresh picture and clear colours
  • Cutting edge performance: 1.44GHz quad-center CPU, 2GB RAM and battery life up to six hours

Image credits: Epson

Vuzix M300


vuzix m300

The Vuzix M300 is focused for business use cases, especially mechanical, development, medicinal, retail, inventory network, and remote help desk capacities. Much like Google Glass, the Vuzix M300 permits its clients hands free information access and capture.

Running on a dual core Intel Atom processor, the Android-based smartglasses are furnished with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB port with OTG bolster, coordinated GPS, head-following sensors, and 64 GB flash memory.

The gadget’s camera is fit for 13 megapixel pictures and 1080p video, with features including auto-center, optical picture adjustment, and glimmer, while the eye-mounted display can yield 24-bit color and greater than 2,000 nits brilliance with 20 degrees field of view, or what might as well be called a 5-inch mobile device held 14 inches before the watcher.

Client contribution on the Vuzix M300 is led by means of four Android work buttons and a touch padmounted on the display side casing rail, and through voice route and a remote control application from paired iOS and Android gadgets.

With the application installed on the Vuzix M300 and the software programming running on a Mac or Windows PC, clients can reflect or stretch out the PC’s desktop to the headset’s display, which is associated with the PC through Wi-Fi or USB link.

Image credits: Vuzix

Name: Microsoft Hololens ODG R-9 Epson Moverio BT-350 Metavision Meta 2 Vuzix M-300
Available: Store Store Store Store Store
FOV: See-through Holographic Lenses (Waveguides) 50° approx. 23° 90° Diagonal 16.7°
equivalent to a 5 in. mobile device screen seen at 17 inches
Display & Optics: 2x HD 16:9 Light Engines
Automatic Pupillary Distance Calibration
Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)

Dual 1080p Stereoscopic See-Thru Displays at up to 60fps
22:9 & 16:9 Aspect Ratios
Immersive See-Thru
Si-OLED (Silicon - Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
0.43" inch wide panel (16:9) LCD
2.5K resolution @60Hz nHD color displays
16:9 Aspect Ratio
24 bit color
Human Understanding: Spatial sound
Gaze tracking
Gesture input
Voice support
Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye Camera for Enhanced Environmental Tracking and Positioning Capacitive Multitouch Neural Path of Least Resistance™ Voice control
2 Axis touch pad with gesture control
Processing: Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU 1.0)
Intel 32 bit architecture with TPM 2.0 support
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 2.45GHz 8-core Processor Intel Atom5 1.44GHz Quad Core Intel® Core™ i7-6700 or AMD AMD FX™ 9590 equivalent or better (runs from PC) Dual Core Intel Atom CPU
Power: 2-3 hours of active use
Standby time: up to 2 weeks
Fully functional while charging
1400mAh Lithium Polymer Batteries (2x 700mAh) Li-Polymer
approx.6 hrs
Powered by PC 160mAh internal battery supports hot swapping of external batteries
860mAh smart external battery
Memory: 64GB Flash
16 GB SD
required 16 GB RAM DDR4 or more 2GB RAM
64GB flash storage
Compatibility: Windows 10 Reticle OS (based on Android 7.0 Nougat) Android 5.1 required Windows 10 (64-bit) Android 6 OS
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac Bluetooth® 5.0
WiFi® 802.11ac
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with WiFi
WiFi Miracast(Source/Sink)
Bluetooth Smart Ready Class2
Cable connection to a desktop PC Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac – Dual-B 2.4/5 GHz
BT 4.1/2.1+EDR
Input / Output: Built-in Speakers
Audio 3.5mm jack
Volume up/down
Brightness up/down
Power button
Battery status LEDs
Micro-USB 2.0
Two Digital Microphones
USB Type-C: Charging & Data Transfer
Audio and Video Output
Built-In Stereo Speakers
Head-set 2.0 mW / 16 ohm 3.5 φ Stereo
1x HDMI 1.4b port
2x USB 3.0 ports
4x surround sound speakers
3x microphones
9ft(2.7m) cable for video, data & power
Ear speaker
Dual noise canceling microphones
MicroUSB 2.0 HS
SDK: Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sensors: 1x IMU
Mixed reality Capture (MRC)
1x Ambient Light Sensor
3-Axis Accelerometer
3-Axis Gyroscope,
3-Axis Magnetometer
Altitude Sensor
Humidity Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Expansion Port ( MIPI-CSI)
GPS Sensor
3-Axis Gyroscope
3-Axis Accelometer
3-Axis Compass
Hand interaction & positional tracking sensors 3-degree of freedom head tracking
3 axis gyro
3 axis accelerometer
3 axis mag/integrated compass
Proximity inward facing
Proximity/ALS outward facing
Cameras: 4x Environment Understanding Cameras
1x Depth Camera
1x 2MP Photo / HD Video Camera
13MP Autofocus Camera (1080p @ 120fps, 4k @ 60fps)
5MP Cameras for Stereo Capture and Depth Tracking
Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye Camera for Enhanced Environmental Tracking and Positioning
5MP 720p front-facing RGB camera 10MP Camera
Weight: 579g Less than 181g approx. 129 g (Without magnet case) 420g without straps & cables Unknown
Price: $3971 $1800 $1399 $1495 €1699($1970)

New standalone HTC Vive may arrive within a month

HTC is about to launch Snapdragon 835 powered Standalone VR Headset

On November 14th HTC is going to hold its annual conference called Vive Developer Conference (VDC 2017) in Beijing. Their VDC 2017 invitation poster suggests that HTC is about to launch its standalone HMD possibly within a month. According to chinese VR news site YiVian.

Standalone HTC Vive

Few days earlier HTC filed a US, and a European trademark for the word “Focus”, that suggests the new headset will be called Vive Focus. But let’s call it the standalone Vive for now.
The HTC Vive standalone headset will be run by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 soc(system on chip) along with features like six degrees of freedom (6DoF) and a single 3DoF controller.

HTC Vive Standalone VR HMD

This setup will be able to provide way more immersive VR experiences without a PC than classic mobile VR headsets are capable to. The Snapdragon 835 platform also designed to support built-in VR functionality to let developers release content in a more flexible fashion.

And so the countdown begins!

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Human Understanding is a certain list of human interactions being understood by a device.