Varjo releases VR-2 and VR-2 Pro

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Finnish virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR) headset maker Varjo has added two new products to its lineup.

Quick read

➨ The VR-2 and VR-2 Pro support SteamVR and the OpenVR development platform from Valve

➨ The VR-2 Pro also comes with integrated Ultraleap hand-tracking technology

➨ Varjo’s new headsets are available for sale at $4,995 and $5,995, respectively

The story

The VR-2 and VR-2 Pro support SteamVR and the OpenVR development platform from Valve.

Support for SteamVR and OpenVR means that the professional and enterprise users that Varjo caters for will have access to a full range of applications for research, analytics, training and simulation, industrial design, and more, while benefiting from the high-spec visuals of the Finnish company’s headsets.

The VR-2 Pro also comes with integrated Ultraleap hand-tracking technology, which enables more intuitive interactions with the highest-fidelity VR content. This is especially impactful for simulation professionals who interact with physical controllers and switches as part of their VR training, according to Varjo.

The human-eye resolution capabilities of Varjo’s VR-1 and XR-1 headsets have been built upon in the new VR-2 and the VR-2 Pro, promising better peripheral vision and colour consistency.

“We have seen first-hand what the power of human-eye resolution in VR can offer in terms of expanding the realm of applications for the enterprise,” said Urho Konttori, co-founder and chief product officer of Varjo.

“Today we bring the ‘Resolution Revolution’ overnight to nearly all industrial applications, unlocking the next level of professional VR. With VR-2 and VR-2 Pro, professionals can benefit from the industry’s highest visual fidelity and the most precise eye tracking joining forces with the leading hand tracking technology.”

Commenting on Varjo’s support for SteamVR and OpenVR, Joe Ludwig from Valve said: “One of the main goals of SteamVR is to support a diverse ecosystem of hardware and software. Varjo is taking a unique approach to building high-end industrial VR products, and we are excited that users of Varjo will be able to take advantage of the wide array of SteamVR content for professionals.” 

Steve Cliffe, chief executive officer of Ultraleap, which was previously Leap Motion before its sale earlier this year, said: “Being able to see in high fidelity and interact without controllers revolutionises professional VR. Varjo’s human-eye resolution visual fidelity is unprecedented. So is the accuracy and low latency of Ultraleap’s hand tracking.”

“The Varjo VR-2 Pro is the best integration of the two technologies and sets a new standard for natural user experience in VR. We’re very excited about the value it will unlock for demanding use-cases such as training, simulation and industrial design.”

The VR-2 and VR-2 Pro are available for sale at $4,995 and $5,995, respectively, and are sold together with Varjo’s software and support services starting at $795.

Varjo is unveiling the new headsets at Augmented World Expo Europe. The Finnish company is also sponsoring xRS Week 2019 in San Francisco this week.

Image credit: Varjo