Microsoft has been working very hard to ensure that windows 10 supports Mixed Reality out of the box. Microsoft sees a huge potential in Mixed Reality in areas like shopping, gaming among others. While Virtual Reality (VR) is focused on creating an artificial environment that you can interact with virtual objects, mixed reality focuses with adding real objects to a virtual world or virtual objects to a real world. This should not be confused with Augmented Reality (AR) because it only adds virtual objects to the real world and not vise versa like mixed reality. Microsoft wants a Windows mixed reality with the following characteristics: it is easy setup, has affordable headsets, a range of hardware choices, and immersive experiences. Here are a number of windows mixed reality headsets released late last month:
The Lenovo Explorer
Price: $449 or 349 Without Motion Controllers
This headset tracks your movements with superior fidelity and spatial awareness, so you can move around naturally in an area of 3.5 by 3.5 meters (about 11.5 by 11.5 feet) without constantly reorienting yourself. No external sensors are needed, which means you can set it up in minutes by simply connecting a cable to your PC. Use the Lenovo Explorer’s optional Motion Controllers or an Xbox controller for easy navigation.
The HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Price: $329 – Developer Edition
This headset has integrated motion tracking, a 2–in–1 cable that pairs HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 together, and full software support, there’s no additional software to download, no sensors to set up, and no frustrating hoops to jump through–just plug and play. it comes with a 1440 x 1440 resolution per eye and up to a 90Hz refresh rate helps ensure crystal-clear visual quality, while six degrees of freedom with no tracking boundaries allow for liberating movement. The headset uses a double-padded headband, easy adjustment knob, and front-hinged display for a superb experience even after hours of testing.
The Dell Visor
Price: $359.99 (or 459.99 with Controllers)
It features a high resolution 1440 x 1440 LCD panels for a sharp and smooth 360° panoramic experience for an “as-if-you-are-there” view. It’s thoughtfully engineered for comfort and convenience with well-cushioned head and face padding that allow for comfortable wear, even for users who wear glasses
ASUS Mixed Reality headset
Price: 449 Euros
This is powered by windows 10 and uses inside out tracking system with two built-in front-facing tracking cameras with 6 degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) position tracking. The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset doesn’t need external sensors or additional software, making the initial setup simple so you’re up and running in minutes. It has a unique design with a pattern of hundreds of 3D polygons and a glossy tone-on-tone effect and weighs less than 400 grams. It’s well balance so that it can alleviate the pressure off the nose and face making it comfortable to ware for long periods of time.
Acer Windows Mixed Reality
Price: $299.00 – Developers Edition
This headset comes equipped with on board sensors and does not require any initial setup to use. It has Flip Visor and temporary interruptions mean that you don’t have to remove the headset, just lift the visor up and engage with the real world again.