Pico 4 Professional Will Add Eye & Face-tracking with Auto-IPD for Enterprise

Along with the consumer-focused Pico 4 headset introduced this week, the corporate has additionally introduced a Pico 4 Professional variant aimed toward enterprise use-cases.

With the announcement of Pico 4 this week, Pico is squaring as much as compete with Meta’s Quest 2. However the firm is seemingly additionally making an attempt to prepared itself towards Meta’s upcoming Mission Cambria, a high-end enterprise-focused standalone headset (which is rumored to be referred to as the Quest Professional).

Alongside the announcement of Pico 4, the corporate introduced Pico 4 Professional. Apparently due out later this yr, the headset seems to be largely the identical from a {hardware} perspective however with the addition of three inside cameras for eye and face-tracking.

With eye-tracking, Pico says the Pico 4 Professional will assist automated IPD adjustment by measuring the consumer’s IPD every time the headset is placed on after which adjusting the IPD distance with a motorized drive. Whereas the Pico 4 additionally features a motorized drive, it lacks eye-tracking so the IPD worth should be set manually.

Pico additionally claims the interior cameras can be utilized for “52 factors” of face-tracking, although it isn’t clear if most of these are instantly sampled or inferred from a mannequin. Face-tracking is troublesome to get proper (as a result of the outcomes are extremely topic to the uncanney valley and getting a transparent view of the face is troublesome); the one industrial headsets which have tried face-tracking have needed to make use of cumbersome under-slung cameras. It is going to be to see what Pico can obtain from a largely hidden digicam (which is presumably aimed down towards the consumer’s mouth).

Apart from eye and face-tracking, it seems the Pico 4 Professional will likely be primarily the identical {hardware} in any other case, together with a Snapdragon XR2 processor, 2,160 × 2,160 (4.7MP) per-eye decision, and pancake lenses with a claimed 105° field-of-view. You’ll be able to see a detailed checklist of specs for the headsets right here.

On the software program aspect, nonetheless, Pico 4 Professional will likely be considerably completely different. The corporate says the headset will embody an enterprise targeted variant of its working system and gained’t require any sort of “private identification” to function, which hopefully means no logins.

Pico has but to announce a selected launch date for the Pico 4 Professional, nor a value, although it says the headset will come later this yr and can grow to be accessible within the US in some unspecified time in the future.


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