“The Acer OJO 500 is the first Windows Mixed Reality and VR headset to feature a detachable design and will be available from Q1 of 2019.”
Acer, today, launched its Windows Mixed Reality headset, the Acer OJO 500. It is the first Windows Mixed Reality and the first Virtual Reality headset to feature a detachable design, built-in sound pipe technology and software-assisted interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment technology. The headset’s detachable design is aimed at offering superior flexibility, comfort, and hygiene for consumers and businesses.
Speaking at the launch, Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO & Consumer Business Head, said, “The Acer OJO 500 is packed with several new significant features to add to this class of Windows Mixed Reality Headsets. We have tried to enhance the user experience with innovative audio and visual technologies and have brought to our consumers the most comfortable and easier than ever to use, headset”.
The Acer OJO 500’s detachable design enables users to remove the lens and headstrap individually, which makes is easier to store and clean the headset. It is available with both soft and hard head straps, of which, the former provides a snug yet comfortable fit and the latter helps the headset fit securely and firmly in place. The mask on the headset can also be easily flipped up, allowing users to perform tasks for which they would otherwise have to remove the entire headset.
The Acer OJO 500 features a built-in interpupillary distance (IPD) wheel and a smartphone app to measure IPD distance, which is the gap between the eye’s pupil and the display. The app helps users modify the IPD distance for sharper, clearer images and a more enjoyable experience. Two front-hinged 2.89-inch high-resolution liquid crystal displays provide a wide 100 degree field of view and deliver a 2880 x 1440 resolution. A fast refresh rate of up to 90Hz delivers clear and realistic images for an immersive mixed reality experience.
The headset’s audio system uses a sound pipe which directs sound from the built-in speakers toward the wearer’s ears. This allows users to hear audio without having to wear earphones, making them more aware of their surroundings. The Acer OJO 500’s audio system consists of embedded speakers, a sound pipe, and a built-in mic array. For a more immersive experience, users can use the built-in earphones that come with the hard head strap, or use their own earphones with the soft head strap.
The inside-out tracking on the Acer OJO 500 rids users of having to set up any extra or external hardware, as the camera is present on the headset itself. The 6 degrees of freedom positional tracking includes forward/back, up/down, and left/right as well as pitch, yaw and roll. The optional configuration in the Acer OJO 500 allows users to sync two Bluetooth enabled motion controllers with the headset. The Acer OJO 500 comes with a Windows 10 button, a touchpad and grab button which allow users to interact with objects in mixed reality.
Currently there are over 2,500 games and apps available for the Acer OJO 500 on the Steam VR and Microsoft Store. The headset comes with a 13 feet cable to provide wide range of movement, it connects to PC via HDMI 2.0 and also comes with a USB 3.0 connector to download data. The Acer OJO 500 is expected to be priced at Rs 39,999 and will be available from Q1 of 2019.