Varjo Reveal New Add-On For High Quality Pass-Through AR

Finnish technology company Varjo Technologies, came out of nowhere last year when they revealed they were working on a new virtual reality (VR) headset which claimed to match the same resolution as the human eye. Dubbed the bionic display, the headset is planned to become available to enterprise users later this year. Now thought, the company have announced a new add-on for the headset which will bring with it high-quality pass-through augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

Varjo AR

Showcasing the reveal of the add-on during this weeks AWE 2018 conference, the company is targeting maximum quality visuals for their new add-on. The version shown off in tech demo – which is available to view below – showcases the unit housing a pair of 4K camera with lenses that match the headset’s own. This allows for a 95-degree field of view with support for stereoscopic pass-through video at 90Hz. Currently the device has around 40ms latency with the team hard are work to bring that down to a single digital before the add-on launches.

The released video from Varjo shows an impressive demonstration of the new add-on at work, with the start of the video claiming it was shot entirely through the prototype in real-time. The result is a mixed reality (MR) showcase of a range of high quality 3D assets as the user is being walked around them. Though the showcase is visual stunning and a testament to the level of detail that Varjo are hoping to achieve it is still only prototype footage meaning anything can change between now and release.

Varjo AR

Another then the demonstration given to attendees at AWE 2018 and the release showcase, there is not much information available for the new AR add-on. Varjo seem as always to be committed to deliver a high quality product aimed at the enterprise market and should the add-on deliver on that promise, Varjo may very well be on to a winner.

Varjo is hoping to release the new AR add-on to their headsets sometime in 2019 with the final release of the bionic display VR headsets planned for later this year. VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on both of these products in the future so make sure to stay tuned for more.