CES 2019 VR: VRgineers Upgrades 5K KTAL Headset With Non-fresnel Lenses

Posted: Dec 11 2018, 11:57pm CST | by , in CES


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CES 2019 VR: VRgineers Upgrades 5K KTAL Headset with non-fresnel Lenses

Professional VR headset gets a significant visual upgrade.

VRgineers released XTAL, the first headset with specs advanced enough for aerospace prototyping and military simulations including a pair of 2.5K displays for a total of 5K last summer. At the CES 2019 the company will showcase a more advanced version of XTAL, incorporating proprietary non-fresnel lenses that deliver the clearest, most immersive VR experience to date. Plus, unlike competing solutions which only use a subset of the display, XTAL utilizes every pixel of the display to improve panoramic immersion.

"XTAL's new non-fresnel lenses will deliver a wider field of view and binocular overlap, a bigger sweet spot, and much less distortion compared to the existing model," explained Marek Polcak, CEO & Co-Founder of VRgineers. "This is critically important to our customers. When prototyping a new automobile design, for instance, they'll be able to see more of the vehicle at once and come closer than ever to a true-to-life image. We're getting ever closer to our goal - which is to make virtual reality indistinguishable from reality itself."

The new XTAL VR headset will be at Showstoppers event at CES 2019. Customers may purchase the new XTAL today for about $5,500 at vrgineers.com, while those who have purchased the previous XTAL model may upgrade their device free of charge via a lens-swap if they participate in XTAL's professional support package.

The new VRgineers lenses feature:

Reduced Distortion — The clearest, most immersive VR image to date.

180° Maximum Diagonal FOV — A significant upgrade over the maximum 170-degree diagonal FOV in the current model

Enlarged Super-focused Area — 50 percent larger picture area, which is entirely focused.

Larger Eye Box — A 20 percent increase in eye box size reduces the need for additional adjustment between different users.

XTAL is the world's first headset on the market to feature an embedded Leap Motion sensor. The highly accurate 180x180º hand-tracking gives the user a seamless and intuitive way of interacting with a VR scene with bare hands.

The headset enables issuing voice commands in VR through its built-in microphone coupled with voice recognition software to further free the user to focus on what is he or she doing.

VRgineers XTAL was developed in Prague with the challenging task of combining several contradicting requirements: keeping the best-in-class image quality with 5K resolution, 170º field-of-view, and patented non-Fresnel lenses; embedding new technology, and reducing the headset's size and weight.

CES 2019 will run January 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is the world’s largest and most influential technology event, featuring 4,500 exhibitors across 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space. The hottest trends of CES 2019 include 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, mobility, smart home, smart cities, sports tech, machine learning and more. Read the latest CES 2019 News.

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