Friday, October 6, 2017

MSFT Headset

At its Windows Mixed Reality event today, Microsoft made a slew of announcements, including that it has a new partner: Samsung. The South Korean company is developing its own Windows Mixed Reality headset dubbed the Samsung HMD Odyssey. Shipping on November 6, the headset will be available in a bundle with motion controllers for $499.

“When we began designing and engineering the Samsung HMD Odyssey with Microsoft, there was only one goal in mind, create a high performing headset that’s easy to set up and can transport people to the incredible world of virtual reality,” Alanna Cotton, vice president and general manager at Samsung Electronics America, said in a statement. “Samsung is committed to working across platforms to build cutting-edge technology, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft to shape the future of virtual reality.”

The Odyssey features dual AMOLED displays, built-in spatial AKG headphones, inside-out tracking, a built-in microphone, and motion controllers. Samsung promises the following specifcations:
  • Display: Dual 3.5″ AMOLED 1,440 x 1,600 @90/60Hz
  • Interface: HDMI2.0 + USB 3.0 Interface Bound Cable (4m Length)
  • Lens: Single Fresnel
  • Field of View: Φ66, FOV 110º, 6.7X
  • IPD: 60-72mm Range
  • Camera: 6 DOF Camera x 2
  • Sensor: Accelerometer(6 Axis), Gyrometer(6 Axis), Compass(3 Axis), Proximity Sensor, IPD Sensor
  • Acoustics: 2 MIC Support, Cortana, Built-in AKG Headphone
  • Control & Function: Volume, IPD Adjustment
  • Dimension: 202mm(W) x 131.5mm(D) x 111mm(H)
  • Weight: 645g

And the controllers:

  • Control & Function: Touchpad (Clickable), Menu button, Windows/Controller power button, Trigger, Thumbstick, Indicator light
  • Sensor: Accelerometer(6 Axis), Gyrometer(6 Axis),
  • Compass(3 Axis)
  • Battery: AAA Battery x 2ea
  • Dimensions: 154.2 x 119.1 x 119.1mm
  • Weight: 160g

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