AMD is officially joining the VR foray as it announced this Tuesday that it has joined hands with Sulon Technologies to have a headset that aims to blend virtual reality with augmented reality. The headset from the partnership is called the Sulon Q.
The headset, which claims to have solved one of the problems with today’s VR and AR kits in the market, is being claimed by AMD as the “first and only all-in-one, tether-free, ‘wear and play’ spatially aware headset for VR and AR.”
Here’s a description of the headset, according to GameSpot: “When you experience augmented reality the Sulon way, your physical world is not replaced, it’s enhanced. Everywhere you look your full field of view is the physical world you know, seamlessly augmented with new realities.”
Based on the description, the headset aims to solve the need for an AR/VR kit to be tethered to another device for power, which most of the time could be frustrating, as it lessens the enjoyment of using the technology.
And by solving the issue of having to be tethered, cramming all the power for the VR/AR experience into a device means the player has more freedom. According to International Business Times India, this gives the user free reign to walk on the streets, blasting enemies without the hindrance of a cord.
Aside from the accessibility and flexibility it offers, the Sulon Q also includes Sulon’s Spacial Processing Unit. According to Sulon Technologies Inc. CEO Dhan Balachand, it offers real-time environment mapping from the inside. He adds that the system allows dynamic virtualization for VR and AR fusion plus gesture recognition.
The latest headset to join the AR/VR foray runs on Windows 10. It allows consumers to project virtual screens on surfaces and interact with them through gestures and the bundled wireless keyboard and mouse.
GameSpot also reports that the headset uses AMD’s LiquidVR technology to afford “smooth and responsive VR and AR experiences.” It also uses the AstoundSound technology to let consumers hear sounds within “a complete spherical soundscape.”
The device, according to The Next Web, has a 2560 x 1440 pixel OLED display with a 110-degree field of view. It makes use of an AMD FX-8800P processor, which is combined with Radeon R7 graphics. The all-in-one headset also has components like a RAM of 8GB, 256 SSD for storage plus support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3D spatial audio.
Sulon Q also comes with custom ear buds, dual noise-cancelling embedded mics and a 3.5mm audio jack. Based on the updates from Sulon, the AR/VR headset is due to come out by spring this year.
So far, no announcement or updates regarding the price has been posted. It is speculated that more info about the device will be released during the upcoming Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
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