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OSVR Opens Research Portal

OSVR the Open Source Virtual Reality ecosystem spearheaded by Razer and designed to bring companies, software and hardware together to create an accessible environment for VR development has now announced it’s new research portal is live.

OSVR’s research portal is designed for anyone interested in gaining in depth knowledge and insights into the virtual reality (VR) industry. There will be whitepapers featured here to gain interesting perspectives, access to pivotal research or just expand on your VR & augmented reality knowledge.

The OSVR ecosystem has 158 supporters to date, ranging from head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers, software developers, peripheral manufacturers to Universities worldwide.

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Also on the same site as the research portal, interested developers can learn about the OSVR software and it’s own HMD, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit which is now  available to purchase in 3 different versions.  The original 1.0 device, is available for $199.99 USD and offers a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display, Dual-Lenses Optics for a 100 degree field of view (FOV), a belt box to prevent cable tangling and a foam later facemask. The 1.1 version is also priced a $199.99 but includes an OLED, full HD display with a pixel density of 401 PPI. The facemask is also improved with bamboo charcoal microfiber.

The final version, 1.2, is similar to the previous iteration but crucially includes an IR Faceplate that provides positional tracking, including an IR Camera. This set costs $299.99.

With OSVR’s popularity increasing the research portal will be a popular place to learn about VR and AR for future development and VRFocus will be reporting on any further updates announced.