Finnish company Varjo launches $6,000 VR headset

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Finish company Varjo has released a headset that it’s billed as the first human eye-resolution virtual reality (VR) device.

The VR-1, which has launched with a cost of $5,995, is intended for professionals in industrial design, training and simulation, architecture, engineering, and construction.

Varjo’s headset boasts a resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree, which is 20X+ higher than any other comparable device currently on the market, according to the Finnish company.

VR-1 also comes with integrated eye tracking, enabling high-precision analytics and interaction with human-eye resolution VR content.

Varjo is selling and shipping the VR-1 in North America, and Europe as well as Hong Kong. It’s retailing at $5,995, with an additional yearly service licence of $995. The headset is only available to businesses and academic institutions.

“The entire Varjo team has been hard at work for two-plus years to make nothing less than the best headset on the planet.”

Urho Konttori, co-founder and chief product officer of Varjo

“The entire Varjo team has been hard at work for two-plus years to make nothing less than the best headset on the planet,” claimed Urho Konttori, co-founder and chief product officer of Varjo.

“Nothing has been left to chance, nothing has been compromised and we are delighted that the response from our partners has been overwhelmingly positive. VR-1 marks the start of a new era in virtual reality for professionals.”

The Finnish company has raised $46 million in funding to begin production and shipping of the VR-1, in cooperation with its original device manufacturing partner, Flex.

Later this year, the company plans to introduce a mixed reality add-on to the VR-1, “enabling seamless transition between real, virtual and augmented content”.