Sony Announces Patent Agreement with Lenovo for VR Headsets
The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset might be getting a redesign thanks to a patent licensing agreement.
The Lenovo Mirage Solo was launched earlier this year, as a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that aimed to be bridge the gap between high-end headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and mobile VR devices such as the Samsung Gear VR. Now it seems the device might be getting a redesign thanks to a patent agreement with Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Sony Interactive entertainment and Lenovo have announced that a two-year patent license agreement has been signed between the two companies that will allow Lenovo to use the patented industrial design of the PlayStation VR for the Lenovo Mirage Solo.
The design of the PlayStation VR has been one of its most praised features, with many VR enthusiasts declaring it to be the most comfortable VR headset on the market.
“We are pleased to announce that we have licensed the PS VR headset design to Lenovo,” said Riley Russell, Chief Legal Officer at SIE. “The industrial design for PS VR has been widely acclaimed, and that was the result of years of hard work by PlayStation engineers. This agreement with Lenovo is a testament to the quality of PS VR’s design, as well as SIE’s commitment to creating great virtual reality experiences and helping the VR industry expand.”
“Lenovo is pleased to partner with Sony,” said Yao Li, vice president of Lenovo Consumer Tablets and Smart Devices Product and Business Management. “The preeminence of the PS VR design is obvious. This agreement will allow us to work together to greatly enhance the design sophistication and appeal of the rapidly expanding VR field, and is an outstanding example of how great consumer brands in the VR industry can work together to benefit the consumer VR market.”
There has as of yet been no word on when the redesigned version of the Lenovo Mirage Solo is planned to come to market.
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