Varjo releases XR-1 Developer Edition 1

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Varjo has released the developer edition of its XR-1 mixed reality (MR) headset.

Quick read

➨ The XR-1 Developer Edition is available now for $9,995

➨ Photorealistic video pass-through enables users to see digital objects in true-to-life colour, lighting and shadows in a full field of view

➨ The device boasts ability to switch between MR and ‘full’ VR

The story

Available now for $9,995, together with Varjo’s software and support service at $1,995, the XR-1 Developer Edition promises “unmatched visual fidelity, ultra-low latency and integrated eye tracking so that virtual content becomes indistinguishable from the real world”.

“This means that for the first time, professional users can switch seamlessly between VR and mixed reality to create and interact with 3D immersive content while collaborating with others in real-life simultaneously,” according to Varjo’s announcement.

Urho Konttori, chief product officer and co-founder of Varjo, said: “Many companies understand the benefits of implementing virtual and mixed reality into their workflows, but haven’t had access to technology sophisticated enough to create photorealistic, 3D content and simulations.”

“We are excited to bring the XR-1 Developer Edition to market as the industry’s first device that can flawlessly blend the virtual with the real world like never before—pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in training, design and research.”

XR-1 Developer Edition features include:

  • Photorealistic video pass-through enables users to see digital objects in true-to-life colour, lighting and shadows in a full field of view (87 degrees)
  • The ability to switch between MR and ‘full’ VR so users can interact with the real and the virtual world in one device for applications such as testing designs in different environments or manipulating their surroundings with pixel-perfect clarity
  • Industrial-grade 20/20 eye tracker delivers sub-degree accuracy of users’ eye movements in MR scenarios for valuable insights into research, training and simulation and product design
  • Ultra-low latency imaging pipeline lets users experience the most realistic digital worlds as extensions of the natural environment without perceivable lag
  • Human-eye resolution Bionic Display (over 60 PPD/3,000 PPI) brings high visual fidelity to even the most demanding industrial scenarios where extreme precision and photorealistic accuracy is required

Finnish headset maker Varjo upgraded its seminal VR-1 with a front plate featuring dual 12 megapixel cameras to develop the XR-1, promising true MR back in May.

In October, Varjo added the VR-2 and VR-2 Pro, which support SteamVR and the OpenVR development platform from Valve, to its headset line-up.

Image credits: Varjo