Lenovo announces the ThinkReality VRX Standalone Enterprise VR Headset

Lenovo announces the ThinkReality VRX Standalone Enterprise VR Headset

This week, each Lenovo and ThinkReality — the XR arm of the pc large — introduced a brand new standalone VR headset, the ThinkReality VRX. Trying on the timeline, we must always just about discuss it within the context of the Pico 4 launch. However, we in all probability will anyway, given Lenovo’s historical past with the Pico.

First Take a look at ThinkReality VRX

Earlier than we get into every thing else about this advert, let’s take a look at the headset itself.

On September 28 Lenovo announces ThinkReality VRX. The headset has been introduced, nevertheless it will not attain the palms of early entry customers till later this yr, so there’s nonetheless so much we do not know in regards to the headset. So, what do we all know?

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First, ThinkReality VRX is extremely versatile. It's designed for 6DoF experiments, however may also run 3DoF experiments. It's designed as a standalone machine, however can be connected to a PC or wirelessly stream content material from a PC, working with the rising variety of enterprise cloud options. It's designed for digital actuality however can play AR and MR by the passage of colours.

After that, it's state-of-the-art. Once more, we do not have some particular specs but. However we all know it makes use of pancake optics to get excessive decision. The design can be distinctive, that includes a balanced halo-shaped head strap.

"[Our customers] want business-class options for the brand new actuality to work in combined situations and digital environments,” Common Supervisor ThinkReality's XR and Metaverse Vishal Shah He said in a statement. "We designed Lenovo ThinkReality VRX to be the popular VR answer for coaching and collaboration in immersive 3D."

ThinkReality VRX VR Headset

The software program that runs on the headset is ThinkReality's inner platform, though it additionally works Snapdragon . Spaces. A detailed relationship between ThinkReality and Qualcomm (together with the {hardware} developer group) was introduced at AWE this yr in talks by Shah, Qualcomm VP and GM of XR Hugo Swart.

Lenovo can be working with different software program builders, together with ENGAGE, to create an “everlasting digital house” for Lenovo to showcase merchandise and options in addition to meet and collaborate with companions and clients.

The shifting panorama of the enterprise

Lenovo has made VR headsets earlier than. Mirage Solo (now discontinued), was a 3DoF VR headset made in collaboration with Pico and primarily based on the G2 4K.

On the time, Pico was making a reputation for itself in enterprise digital actuality. It was extra enterprise centered than VIVE, extra streamlined than HP Reverb, extra inexpensive than Varjo, and it wasn't Fb-owned.

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After Mirage Solo, Lenovo, and ThinkReality started engaged on the A3 and A6 traces of MR headphones - the A3 was basically pared again to digital shows, and the A6 was extra highly effective. Throughout that point, one thing else occurred. Chinese language social media firm ByteDance has acquired Pico.

The acquisition stimulated the event of Pico's shopper merchandise (in areas the place Pico gives shopper help). Nonetheless, on the enterprise facet, the acquisition implies that Pico has misplaced the belief benefit over Meta.

Lenovo introduced ThinkReality VRX simply days after Pico introduced the Pico 4 and Pico 4 Professional. This time round a number of years in the past, it was as a result of Lenovo's answer was constructed on the Pico - in any case, it's totally clear that the Mirage Solo was the Pico G2. Nonetheless, this time issues are completely different.

Lenovo ThinkReality VRX Enterprise VR Headset

The ThinkReality VRX does not appear like the Pico 4, neither is the Pico talked about within the Lenovo materials. When it comes to competitors, it is sensible for Lenovo to do it by itself. Within the standalone market, Lenovo is now the place Pico was a number of years in the past: Oculus is owned by Meta/Fb, Pico is owned by ByteDance, and ThinkReality is owned by Lenovo - a trusted non-social media firm.

Extra to be taught

For now, any dialog in regards to the competitors in VR headsets for the unbiased group needs to be ideological. We all know every thing in regards to the Pico 4 Professional apart from the worth. We nonetheless have so much to find out about ThinkReality VRX. And we did not get a lot official from the Meta on Quest Professional earlier than the October 11 name.

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