A new clip showing the passthrough AR system of the LYNX-R1 MR headset, shows the possible future of VR. A short through-the-lens clip gives us a sneak preview of the new enterprise focused hardware.
The view that is shown in the above clip is not the transparent lens of a headset like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, rather it is the cameras view that has been altered by software to be viewable in VR. Transparent lens like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 project images onto the see-through glass of the lens. This has some downsides; it is in very early stages and the nature of projecting images onto a clear surface means that they will never be fully opaque.
On the other hand, passthrough AR allows fully opaque renderings to be viewed in the “real world”. It is much cheaper than the HoloLens 2 at the cost of video quality.
The current specs for the headset include the Snapdragon XR2, eye tracking software, unique lens design, an 8600mAh battery that would allow 4 hours of extended use, and a starting price of $1,500.
The Lynx R-1 is an interesting beast, it is a standalone headset that runs on Android 10 and even with the promised discount I wouldn’t bet on it dropping under $1000. What is so appealing about this headset? It would have to be the new display design for the lens. They have a unique design that allows the users eyes to get closer to the display than most other headsets. This decision allowed for a discrete eye tracking camera to be placed in the centre of each lens that allows for super accurate eye tracking and reduces the impact and severity of image distortion.