Human Eye-Resolution Industrial VR Headset Launched

Varjo, a technology leader in industrial-grade VR/XR headsets, has announced the world’s first human eye-resolution virtual reality device, the Varjo VR-1. The VR-1 is designed solely for professionals in industrial design, training and simulation, architecture, engineering and construction. Using VR will be key for these professionals in coming years to radically shorten design life cycles, saving time and money, and make training more effective in realistic immersive environments. VR-1 is the only device that makes that possible in 20/20 vision and unmatched visual fidelity.

Varjo’s first headset has a resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree, which is 20X+ higher than any other VR headset currently on the market. VR-1 also comes with world’s most advanced integrated eye tracking, enabling high-precision analytics and interaction with human-eye resolution VR content.

Varjo’s first product utilizes acclaimed optics and patented technology that have been developed over the past two years by the company’s team of 100+ engineers, developers and designers with backgrounds at Nokia, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Intel. Varjo has also collaborated with world-leading Early Access partners, including AirBus, Audi, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Foster & Partners, Saab, Sellen, Volkswagen and Volvo, to optimize the VR-1 for their respective use-cases.

Varjo has begin sales and shipping of the VR-1 in 34 countries in North America, and Europe as well as Hong Kong. Retailing at $5995 USD with an additional yearly service license of $995 USD, VR-1 is only available for businesses and academic institutions and is designed to support the most demanding use scenarios where visual fidelity is paramount. Examples include training pilots in realistic virtual scenes, and allowing designers to create and interact with true-to-life VR prototypes, translating into faster turnarounds and massive savings in time, work and modelling and development costs.

“Premium cars can only be made with premium tools. To design in virtual reality, we need the high resolution of the Varjo device. With this high resolution there is a seamless transfer between the real world and the virtual world,” said Jan Pflueger, Coordination Augmented & Virtual Reality at Audi.

Key features of the Varjo VR-1 include:

Revolutionary Bionic Display. See and create details that were previously unseen. Varjo’s Bionic Display sets a new standard for high-end professional VR work with iconic human-eye resolution visual fidelity, where every detail, shape, contour, text and surface of a design comes into never-before-seen focus.

Industry-leading 20/20 Eye Tracker. With a sub-degree accuracy, Varjo’s proprietary 20/20 Eye Tracker is the most advanced and powerful stereo eye tracking technology ever integrated into a VR headset – delivering unmatched precision and accuracy for interactivity, data collection and analysis in human-eye resolution.

Photorealistic virtual workflows. Supporting major professional 3D software tools and engines (already including Unreal, Unity, Autodesk VRED, PREPAR3D, ZeroLight, and VBS Blue IG), VR-1 takes graphics to new heights in real-life visual fidelity. A powerful Varjo SDK also enables integration to custom 3D engines.

Varjo has raised a total of $46M USD in funding to start production and global shipping of the VR-1, in cooperation with the world’s leading Original Device Manufacturing partner, Flex. Later this year, Varjo will introduce a Mixed Reality Add-on to the VR-1, enabling seamless transition between real, virtual and augmented content.

“We are proud to announce the support of Varjo VR-1 for Autodesk VRED software, the leading product visualization and prototyping application for automotive designers and engineers. Combining the world’s first human-eye resolution VR product with the VRED high-fidelity rendering allows our joint customers to experience and evaluate virtual prototypes with an unprecedented level of detail and realism. This is another great step towards holistic digital product review by enabling proper VR HMI Experiences within the digital prototype of a vehicle, ” said Lukas Fäth, Product Manager at VRED, Autodesk.

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