Many VR devices serve only as a monitor for a PC and are limited in their ability to work independently. Employees of the American startup SimulaVR took on the task of “untying” the virtual reality headset from the computer. They presented an original gadget with powerful hardware and its own OS, capable of completely replacing a laptop for everyday work.
The accessory is built on the basis of an eight-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics, equipped with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD memory. Inside the headset there are two displays with a resolution of 2448×2448 pixels, a total viewing angle of 100 ° and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, and on the outside of the case there is a pair of wide-angle cameras with a color image.
Simula One is running a custom operating system SimulaOS on the Linux kernel and is positioned as a virtual reality headset for the office. Supported and AR-mode with end-to-end view of the environment, as well as the ability to connect the keyboard and mouse to virtual desktops. The design provides for adjustment of the interpupillary distance and field of view.
The set of gadget interfaces includes one Thunderbolt 4 port, a 3.5 mm jack, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 modules, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and two USB 3.2 Type-A. Six degrees of freedom for hand tracking are claimed, but additional controllers are not included in the kit. The cost of new items under the terms of pre-order is $ 2699, the start of sales is scheduled for the end of 2022.