Microsoft’s plan continues to unwrap. After Lenovo another three other companies have shown their VR headgear with the integrated optical positional tracking system to the world. Unfortunately, the same as Lenovo’s product, they weren’t working as they were hidden behind the glass of the CES 2017 stand. We will show here what they look like.
Acer’s glasses continue the company’s gaming series with its red-black design. As all such Windows Holographic devices, it mounts on the head with a rim – it seems like Microsoft has demanded the presence of exactly this element of their reference design. Notice this: all gadgets are wired, and the manufacturers decided not to put the wires off for the demo, also there’s a loop between the display module and the rim, which means that the display can be lifted to the forehead without taking the device off. This is a feature of all announced Microsoft headgear.
HP‘s headgear has a sign saying «14402 Spatial Computing». Probably “1440” says about the headgear’s resolution (for example, 2K per eye), but we haven’t yet seen it’s characteristics, thus it’s impossible to accurately interpret neither the number, nor it’s power, if these are number and power at all. The device is completely black, and the stereocameras, as with Acer, are located on a glossy panel in the front.
Dell decided to soften the starting line a little bit by making their device snow white. No aggression at all: you will look like Eva from “Wall-E”. Here the cameras don’t attract attention and are hidden behind a glossy panel that spans almost all frontal part of the body. The headgear is beatiful, but it screams: “Wash your hands before virtual reality and don’t forget to buy wet wipes”.
The manufacturers continue to hide the characteristics of their headgear, even though Microsoft has already published their system requirements. Desptie obvious connection of Windows Holographic with the HoloLens project, it’s unclear whether the headgear will support augmented and mixed reality. For now we know that the new devices will track user’s movements in space with the use of the internal cameras, meaning without external sensors, contrary to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Their price starts with $300, and the release is due by the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is expected very soon — in April this year.