While virtual reality (VR) headsets are fairly durable pieces of kit, they do tend to be designed for home use rather than public, which can lead to undue wear and tear. To combat this Pimax has announced a new rugged version of its three main head-mounted displays (HMD), the 8K, 5K Plus and 5K OLED.
The new series of headsets are the Pimax 8K RE, 5K Plus RE and 5K OLED RE, all focused business and location-based entertainment (LBE) use. While the outside has a stronger more hard-wearing design, with improvements such as water resistance, a rigid headstrap and thicker cabling, the internals are still the same with a 200-degree diagonal field of view (FoV) and the high-resolution screens the company is known for.
Currently, Pimax has yet to confirm when the new versions will be made available to business customers, or how much each will cost in comparison to the standard models. If you happen to be at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this week Pimax is there with some samples to showcase.
In addition to the new rugged headsets, Pimax has also announced a new partnership with Ecoplants, a company which specialises in 3D scanning for PBR (Physically Based Rendering) material. The pair will be at GTC 2019 to present a new VR application that aims to tap into various industries. It’ll include features such as hand tracking, inside out position and rotation tracking, as well as hundreds of digital asset’s produced by Ecoplants.
Kevin Henderson, Head of US Operations and Spokesperson for Pimax VR, said: “With the announcement of our new RE series, our goal is to redefine the value proposition for ruggedized B2B VR headsets to encourage and promote powerful commercial use cases together with our current and future customers. We believe that in partnership with more innovative companies like Ecoplants, we will be able to achieve the goal of delivering VR2.0 to the business market.”