The computer electronics show (CES) is the place to be to see some exciting new tech or innovations which are in concept phase or just beyond that. This year has been exciting for the world of VR, AR and mixed reality. Instead of seeing it in a few booths you could find it all over the place at the convention, this being brought to you by even car manufacturers. Audi for instance showed us a car window which was actually a video screen. This screen showed us an AR overlay with points of interest and even tapped into your health statistics.
But it doesn’t stop there bHaptics presented their Tactsuit line of wearables. Their tactical looking vests with vibrations in your chest. During gaming you can simulate different pulsations to your body, to make it feel like you are being shot. They are also working on software for an upcoming virtual reality version of Player unknown’s battlegrounds to coincide with this.
Panasonic showed us a prototype of their VR headset. This steampunk looking pair of glasses looks amazing, but there isn’t much known about this piece of hardware yet.
Another company showing a new HMD was VRgineers. They brought their XTAL headset which they actually built for NASA. With some incredible 8k screens, eye tracking and gesture controls. Its not really geared towards consumers and comes with a high price tag (8,000 USD) but will be no doubt be important in military training and the constructive sector.
The next company to keep an eye out for is Pimax. This company will give us their 5K SUPER headset with an insane refresh rate of 180HZ for 499 USD. It is a stand alone though, so for optimal usability you should get yourself some Valve Knuckles to play around with.
There is no shortage of companies willing to step up to the plate for Virtual and Augmented reality. The world seems more ready than ever, when will you get into this?
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