LYNX Reveals Standalone MR Headset with Snapdragon XR2, Eye-tracking, & Novel Optics – Road to VR

French startup LYNX right this moment revealed the R-1, a standalone VR headset constructed for pass-through AR and powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon XR2 chip. The enterprise-focused headset makes use of a novel lens design which makes it compact.

Lynx is a brand new participant within the XR class; the small startup right this moment revealed its first headset, the enterprise-focused Lynx R-1. Although it makes use of occluded shows (like a VR headset), the corporate says the R-1 is designed for pass-through augmented actuality—with the capability for each VR and AR in a single gadget, we’re calling this a blended actuality headset.

Based on the corporate, the Lynx R-1 is about to launch this summer season, priced at $1,500.

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The R-1 is among the first merchandise introduced with Qualcomm’s highly effective new Snapdragon XR2 chip, making it a self-contained standalone MR headset with inside-out monitoring. Profiting from XR2’s assist for a lot of cameras, Lynx has geared up with the R-1 with six cameras: two B&W positional monitoring (B&W), two for pass-through AR (RGB), and two for eye-tracking (IR).

The R-1 additionally makes use of a singular lens design which Lynx describes as a “four fold catadioptric freeform prism.” From pictures, the novel lens (whereas itself cumbersome) seems to permit the show to be very near the lens, probably making the headset notably extra compact than headsets with extra easy lenses (like Quest and Vive Cosmos).

Picture courtesy Lynx

Picture courtesy Lynx

The headset has one LCD show for every eye, with a decision of 1,600 × 1,600 and a refresh price of 90Hz. The corporate claims a 90 diploma area of view and 18 pixels-per diploma.

The specs shared by Lynx embrace built-in audio, controller-free hand-tracking, eye-tracking, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth, and a USB type-C port. The corporate claims 2 hours of “lively use” battery life.

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Lynx is concentrating on medical, army, and industrial use-cases, amongst others. As a standalone headset, we anticipate the R-1 will use an Android-based basis, nevertheless it isn’t clear precisely what the OS setting on prime will appear like, and whether or not or not the corporate intends to construct its personal software program distribution platform and storefront for the headset.

Try the corporate’s reveal video beneath to see extra of Lynx: