Yesterday I used to be visiting the wonderful individuals of VRTUOLUO, which is without doubt one of the main XR publications in China, and so they have been so form to let me enter their lab, the place they’ve all of the headsets they’ve reviewed these years. It was for me the event of seeing and attempting briefly some units that I had by no means tried or that I didn’t even know existed. It was a enjoyable second, so I wish to share it with you on this submit. Anyway, remember to take it as a strategy to calmly speak about some XR glasses and never as a full assessment: I’ve simply tried these headsets for like 1 minute every, so these can’t be thought of actual hands-on periods, however just a few very early impressions.
(By the way in which, that is my first submit about my journey to China, and plenty of others are to come back, so keep tuned!)
The LAWK glasses stunned me on the cabinets of the lab as a result of they regarded like ski glasses. They’re really fairly cool to put on, and with them on, I felt a bit like Frozone from the Incredibles. I’ve discovered them additionally fairly comfy, even when the frames have been huge.
These are good glasses with a single waveguide that initiatives inexperienced monochrome data. I’ve not been in a position to check them a lot, however they’re clearly meant to be paired with the smartphone to indicate notifications and related stuff.
The inexperienced monochrome show is definitely fairly brilliant, so the data on the display was very nicely seen.
I’ve lastly been in a position to strive the Nreal Air, the glasses for media consumption created by Nreal which have been fairly profitable till now (the corporate claims greater than 100,000 glasses offered).
The glasses are light-weight and cozy. The one drawback is the cable: the glasses are tethered, and the tether ends with a USB-C port that enters into your telephone. The tether is connected to one of many frames of the glass, and I might clearly really feel it pushing my ear, which was not superb.
They’re additionally fairly trendy to put on and appear to be sun shades. Stylewise, although, I’ve so as to add that for my private style they give the impression of being extra like glasses that match a lady than a person, however that is simply my opinion.
The man from Vrtuoluo launched a video on his telephone, and I might see it in entrance of me on the glasses. The visible high quality regarded good, and likewise the audio was okay, even when the audio system have been little or no on this gadget. The one drawback was that it didn’t look to me like having a “huge display in entrance of my eyes” as claimed by the corporate… it simply appeared to me to have a video connected to my face. Which is technically the identical factor, however I anticipated one thing like a magical impact that made me really feel like being inside a cinema and its large display. It’s completely not like that.
Rokid Air Glasses + Rokid Station
Rokid has lately introduced its “Rokid Station”, which is a tool that may work with the Rokid Air Glasses. The Station has a double goal: working as a computational unit, so that you don’t should fry the battery of your telephone to energy the AR glasses, and appearing as a controller, because of the buttons and the touchpad on it.
I discovered it a reasonably authentic answer, however unluckily I haven’t been in a position to strive it as a result of the battery of the Rokid Station was drained out. Which was an attention-grabbing factor per se: it reminds us that one of many disadvantages of getting a separate gadget to energy our AR glasses is that it’s important to constantly recharge this different gadget (in addition to your smartphone), too.
The Station regarded a bit cumbersome, however was additionally fairly ergonomic in my hand, and interacting with its touchpad was fantastic.
LLvision glasses are supposed to do stay transcription (and ultimately translation) of dialogues. They appear cool for accessibility or different particular functions. I haven’t been in a position to strive their service for some technical points we have been having within the lab, however no less than I might see that the glasses are very light-weight and the textual content inside was readable. Stylewise, they’re okay too, however most likely Nreal Air is barely cooler.
It was attention-grabbing to find this gadget as a result of it’s not a general-purpose smartglass, however one with a single particular goal.
Previous iQiYi PC VR headset
There was a PCVR headset taking mud on the cabinets that had fairly a bizarre form (it jogged my memory a bit the Decide Dredd film), so I wished to strive it. Seems it was an previous iQiYi PCVR headset, which I placed on my head to really feel the consolation even when it was filled with filth and dirt (that is how COVID-23 was born).
I believe that the engineer doing it, as a substitute of taking inspiration for the consolation from customary glasses, or ski glasses, or moto helmets, took inspiration from a nutcracker. The becoming mechanism is one thing like a inflexible however elastic plastic claw that begins from the highest of the headset and ends with the claw in your nape, pushing it in order that the headset stays pressed in opposition to your face. The result’s that you’ve the impression on a regular basis that the gadget desires to crack your head. 100% helpful as a torture machine.
iQiYi Combine is a standalone headset made by iQiYi which has the distinctive attribute of getting two devoted entrance RGB cameras for passthrough AR. This gadget so doesn’t want any bizarre calculation to create the coloured passthrough stream, as a result of it natively data it in shade.
This appears like a good suggestion, so I wished to strive it. And after my check, I can affirm that the colours within the passthrough have been certainly okay. However the passthrough decision was nonetheless as grainy as in different business VR headsets and particularly all of the stereo disparity was completely off, so my eyes have been crossing and hurting whereas wanting into it. I believed it may very well be an IPD drawback, however the IPD is fastened on this headset, so… nicely… I had no answer to have a superb passthrough. However no less than I discovered that the headset has a flip-up design, so you continue to have a great way to see actuality…
However there’s much more: I switched to VR, and I discovered myself within the system menu. The visible expertise was much like one in all different standalone units just like the Quest 2. I attempted shifting, and the monitoring was clearly lagging, leading to a fairly dizzying expertise.
Let’s say I had no luck with iQiYi headsets…
Pico lenses comparability
On the finish of the go to, the VRTUOLUO individuals additionally let me see the distinction between the lenses of the Pico Neo 3 (Fresnel) and Pico 4 (Pancake). Nicely, the entire optical module on the 4 appears a lot smaller…
And that’s it for this quick testing session of headsets. I hope you loved it… however as I’ve already instructed you, don’t contemplate this as a assessment of those units!
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