Collaboration, remote working, healthcare and training are the primary areas of focus for the new additions to the Neo line from Pico Interactive
➨What? VRARA Global Summit
➨ When? 1 June to 3 June 2020
➨ Where? Online
➨ How much? Free, but paid-for options are available
Collaboration, remote working, healthcare and training are the primary areas of focus for the new additions to the Neo line from headset maker Pico Interactive, Europe general manager Leland Hedges said at the online VRARA Global Summit today.
The Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye headsets from Pico are now available for $699 and $899, respectively. Hedges said interested prospective commercial customers can get their hands on a loaner for six weeks, with a view to evaluating the device for one-off or business-wide deployments.
Both models feature best-in-class 4K resolution, enterprise functionality, six degrees of freedom (6DoF) and spatial stereo speakers. The headsets feature a comfortable and hygienic counterbalanced design for easy and extended wear, and have plenty of room for prescription glasses. Using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Boundless XR, Neo 2 allows content streaming from a VR-ready PC and select existing PC VR platforms.
Neo 2 Eye builds on its base model with eye tracking functionality from Tobii, which lots of Pico’s customers are excited about, particularly retailers and brands, because it represents a new and vital source of information, Hedges said.
Neo 2 Eye also includes dynamic foveated rendering powered by Tobii Spotlight Technology. This reduces shading load in some applications by up to 72%, according to Pico, which brings multiple benefits, including increased frame rate by up to 66%, as well as improved graphics and battery performance.
Speaking of performance, Hedges revealed that Pico is also planning to release an upgraded version of Pico G2 4K this year. More details will be released in the coming weeks, but he said it will offer increased storage, a bigger battery and an extended lifespan.
Turning to use cases, Hedges outlined collaboration, remote working, healthcare and training as the primary areas of focus for the new additions to the Neo line, with partners Engage, Mozilla, XRHealth, Rescape, Psious, RiVR, VRtuoso and Cerevrum all building applications that use or are compatible with the devices.
Mozilla is bringing its Firefox Reality browser to all Pico headsets. Firefox Reality is the first browser built and designed for MR to deliver an immersive browsing experience that provides users with the ease of use, control and privacy.
“Partnering with Pico allows Mozilla to share our Firefox Reality browser, which is built and designed specifically for mixed reality (including WebXR support), to deliver an immersive browsing experience. Our browser provides Pico’s business customers with the ease of use, control and privacy that is expected from Firefox.”Andre Vrignaud, Mozilla
Andre Vrignaud, head of MR platform strategy at Mozilla, said last week: “Partnering with Pico allows Mozilla to share our Firefox Reality browser, which is built and designed specifically for mixed reality (including WebXR support), to deliver an immersive browsing experience. Our browser provides Pico’s business customers with the ease of use, control and privacy that is expected from Firefox.”
The Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye were not the only Pico headsets to be covered during the keynote presentation. Hedges briefly touched on the XR viewer under development. Pico is currently going through the certification process to be able to quickly deploy with Snapdragon-powered devices in the coming months.
Building on the model that saw Pico develop a device with LG, Hedges said its new XR viewer—or smart glasses—will only be available through smartphone makers.
Of course, the other big news to come out of the VRARA Global Summit this week was Lenovo’s Mirage VR S3, an all-in-one headset developed in partnership with Pico. In response to a question from the audience, Hedges said that Pico partnered on the development of that three degrees of freedom (3DoF) device because of its focus on the education market, where Lenovo is particularly strong.