After showcasing its $5,800 USD headset ‘XTAL’ in June, virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturer VRgineers has now unveiled additional upgrades planned for the device.
VRgineers plans on releasing three upgrades, available later this year to new and current users, two of which are purely software-based while the third is a camera module. Using existing XTAL sensors already present in the headset users will be able to unlock inside-out tracking giving them greater freedom.
The functionality will help to add a two-fold improvement to the system. Via the standard standalone mode, users will be able to use XTAL without any external tracking hardware eliminating cables, wall mounts and base stations, which is great for plug’n’play scenarios. Secondly, the inside-out tracking can provide valuable additional position data to be combined with enterprise-grade tracking solutions supported by XTAL, like the AR Tracking, Optitrack or SteamVR Lighthouse 2.0, when required for precise industrial use cases.
The second software upgrade unlocks the full potential of XTAL’s built-in eye tracking. Currently the system is solely used for the AutoEye feature which automatically adjust the lenses’ position to user’s individual interpupillary distance (IPD). The upgrade will unlock the eye tracking for developers to use with foveated rendering, marketing research, medical diagnostics, new training programs, and more.
Lastly, VRgineers plans to introduce a new pass-through camera module for mixed reality (MR) applications. The new proprietary XR module is designed to project the user’s environment into the headset and detect obstacles to avoid collisions, with the front-facing cameras covering the headset’s full 170º field-of-view (FOV).
As mentioned, such high-end features mean that the headset comes with a steep cost. Retailing for $5,800 the XTAL is purely focused towards enterprise applications with car manufacturers, such as Audi, BMW and VW all using VRgineers headsets. It does also boast a 5K resolution and built-in Leap Motion, so if you fancy one head to the official website. For any further updates from the VRgineers team, keep reading VRFocus.