LYNX Founder Details Headset’s Unique Optics, Pre-orders Available Now

Startup LYNX revealed the R-1 earlier this week, a standalone MR headset with a singular optical design. Talking at a convention on Monday, the corporate’s founder shared extra concerning the headset and it hopes to attain with its novel optical method.

For extra specs and particulars on the Lynx R-1, see our reveal protection

On stage on the SPIE Photonics West convention in San Francisco this week, Lynx founder Stan Larroque offered the R-1 headset. Designed with pass-through AR in thoughts, the standalone combined actuality headset is being constructed on the Snapdragon XR2 chip.

Larroque mentioned that the headset is aimed primarily at enterprise functions and is predicted to ship this summer time, priced at $1,500. Pre-orders can be found now on the corporate’s web site with a $150 down-payment.

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One of many R-1’s most unusual attributes is its novel lenses which the corporate describes as a “Four-fold catadioptric freeform prism.” The lenses are rather more advanced than the straightforward lenses seen within the majority of VR headsets out there at present. Certainly they’re bulkier and could also be harder to fabricate, however the advantages, Larroque mentioned, are “not solely concerning the optical efficiency we get, it’s additionally concerning the [headset] form-factor and the truth that we will disguise issues proper on the heart.”

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What may you wish to disguise within the heart of the lens? An eye fixed-tracking digital camera, mentioned Larroque. Whereas most headsets with eye-tracking place cameras at excessive angles to the attention (to keep away from the digital camera being seen to the person) Larroque mentioned that the R-1’s optics permits a really perfect central placement for the headset’s eye-tracking digital camera, probably permitting for higher precision and accuracy.

The “gentle folding” optics are designed to wrap the picture from the show across the eye-tracking digital camera to make it invisible. Larroque mentioned that the picture on the show is split into 4 quarters after which reassembled right into a single picture by the optics. He confirmed the headset’s ‘distortion map’ which defines how the preliminary picture is pre-warped to counteract distortions in form and coloration launched by the lens. Whereas just about all headsets use pre-warping, the R-1’s distortion map is fairly advanced by comparability.

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The optics additionally seem to have a really compact focal size, permitting the shows the be flush with the lenses; different issues being equal, this might make the headset extra compact than these with extra easy lenses which must be a sure distance from the show with the intention to accurately focus the picture into the person’s eye.

Larroque mentioned that the R-1 makes use of a 90Hz, 1,600 × 1,600 LCD show for every eye, and that the lens overlaps parts of the picture which permits for “supersampling” in these areas. From the transient description, we take this to imply that overlapping pixels in these areas will fill in a few of the display door impact (the unlit areas between pixels), although we’ve reached out to Lynx for readability.

Whereas there’s purported advantages to this lens method, the R-1 headset solely achieves a 90 diploma horizontal discipline of view, and it’s arduous to think about that a few of the lens seams received’t be seen, although we haven’t had an opportunity to look via the headset in particular person simply but.

Larroque reiterated that the Lynx R-1 headset is aimed largely at B2B functions and a few ‘exploitative’ B2C use-cases, although the corporate will promote the headset to people as nicely.

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“I’m very excited for all of the hobbyists and a few builders and the cool concepts they are going to discover with this machine,” he mentioned. “We’re already partnering with an enormous recreation firm and you will note wonderful stuff popping out this Summer season.”

That mentioned, there’s nonetheless lingering questions concerning the software program stack that Lynx R-1 will use and what instruments can be out there to builders. Whereas we will count on and Android basis and an SDK, it isn’t clear how a lot the corporate will layer on high, or if it plans to launch its personal software program distribution ecosystem for the headset. We’ve reached out to the corporate for extra particulars.