Before the end of the year, HP will introduce its next consumer headset, the Reverb G2, which has a promising spec list for virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts. When it comes to more focused enterprise solutions the company has just revealed the Reverb G2 Omnicept, packed with analytical tech for training and educational purposes.
The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept seems to have every tracking solution a company could want in a VR headset, Tobii eye-tracking to know where users are looking, the ability to recognise facial expressions for expressive avatars and heart rate monitoring to discern how a user is responding to an experience. With the eye-tracking, this also allows for foveated rendering to improve image quality and reduce GPU load.
Whilst this type of tech may feel invasive on a consumer level, for companies looking to use VR for training or if retailers want insight into key stock locations then all the data acquired can be invaluable. Keen to reassure those worried about all that data HP says in a statement that the headset is: “built with a highly secure pipeline for protecting end-user privacy. The headset’s firmware safeguards the sensor data at every moment of capture and no data is stored in the headset.”
As for the rest of the features the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept is the same as its consumer cousin, with four cameras for inside-out tracking, those off-ear Valve speakers and 2160×2160 per eye panel resolution. The announcement also confirms a dedicated software development kit (SDK) will be available for creators to make use of those extra features.
“We’ve designed a powerful, adaptive VR solution to dramatically accelerate the use cases for VR, its potential to transform society, and the way we interact with technology,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc in a statement. “The HP Omnicept Solution will open new possibilities for VR development and its impact on enterprise training, remote education, collaboration, research and development, and specialized wellbeing. This type of data-driven approach will be fundamental to creating user-centric experiences for better VR in the future.”
The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition is slated to launch Spring 2021with the developer SDK available at the same time. No pricing has been confirmed just yet. For further updates on the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept and its consumer version, keep reading VRFocus.