Former Nokia employees developed the “killer” of the VR-headset Oculus Rift


Today, only a very lazy company does not try to bite off a piece from the actively growing virtual reality market. The Finnish start-up Varjo Technologies was founded by natives of the famous Nokia company . And now his employees say that they can wipe their nose with headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with their own VR solution. And their headset is unique in that it uses a built-in display with an automatically adaptable resolution in exactly the zone where the user is currently watching.

In Varjo Technologies to date, only 19 people work, but this small team has already managed to create a prototype of its future device, which impressed many journalists who had time to try it out. The prototype of the future headset received a working title of 20 | 20, and it is able to provide an effective resolution of 70 megapixels per eye, which is quite comparable with the resolution of the retina. For comparison: the resolution of Oculus Rift and Vive is 1.2 megapixels per eye, and HoloLens augmented reality headsets are less than 1 megapixel.

The creators of 20 | 20 believe that the resolution of the popular VR-helmet displays today is too low for them to be used by professionals. For example, designers need to see clear contours and the smallest details, but instead they see blurred contours with the effect of “ladders” because of insufficient resolution and poor smoothing. That’s why the developers of Varjo Technologies have created a system for tracking the user’s view, and in the place where it is directed, the matrix provides an almost perfectly clear picture. The rest of the surrounding image is comparable in quality with other VR-headsets. The delay in tracking the view is only 7 milliseconds, which makes the use of 20 | 20 very comfortable.

However, in the first prototype, the high-definition area is fixed in the center of the image. But even this model of the headset is very impressive. A tracking system that works perfectly, even if a person wears glasses, is currently in the final stages of testing. On the approach is the second prototype of the headset. The final version of the device should go on sale in 2018. The management of Varjo Technologies has patented an adaptive permit system in the US Patent Office, and in the future the company plans to license its developments to other VR and AR device manufacturers.


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