Watch out guys, the world’s smallest Augmented Reality (AR) headset ‘MIX’ has been unveiled by AntVR and it comes with a 96-degree immersive field-of-view (FOV). This PC-powered augmented reality headset comes with other smart features like positional tracking, hand tracking, eye tracking and 6DoF controllers.
At first glimpse, the headset features quite an appealing design and is very light-weight weighing only 130 grams. The MIX AR headset comes with baked-in advanced sensors for a truly immersive AR experience that can seamlessly integrate with the real-world environment.
MIX AR Headset Details
The MIX AR Headset features two 1,200 × 1,200 displays that have a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 96-degree field-of-view (FOV). This FOV is attained through the innovative optical system called Dual-Channel Mixed Optics, developed by the company itself. The FOV is much wider than the majority of AR devices available on the market. This FOV helps to attain an extremely smooth and natural stereoscopic experience directly through the glasses.
Additional accessories can be connected to the headset through its two USB ports that include hand-tracking modules, inside-out tracking modules, and even optional eye-tracking. The inside-out tracking module comes with stereo-monochrome cameras along with a built-in IMU which can enable Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) spatial tracking.
This will help deliver an AR experience that is fixed around the user which means that the holograms and virtual objects will remain in a place instead of moving with the user, even when not in vision.
These technical specifications coupled with an ergonomic and easy-to-wear design helps deliver a truly immersive AR experience to the users.
Content and AR Experience
The developers and engineers of MIX have given special attention to the content side of the equation as well. The built-in features of the AR Headset allow it to connect to PCs while making it compatible with SteamVR. All the existing games with a dark background present on Steam VR can be used with MIX. However, instead of the of the dark area, the user will be able to see the real environment through the headset.
This means that users will also be able to play VR Porn Games by transforming them into a real-world AR experience.
The company has released a demo video to show how a VR game would look when viewed through the MIX AR headset.
AR Content developers can also create several AR applications using a common SteamVR SDK. For developers and users who already have the hands-on experience of developing content on SteamVR, all they need to do is clear the background and apply the black skybox and easily transfer VR projects to AR.
The MIX AR headset will arrive in the market at a retail price of $649. Currently, the company is running a Kickstarter campaign and has already surpassed its goal of $50,000. However, one can still pre-order the headset and grab them at a discounted bid of $499. The MIX AR headset will be shipped by the end of this year in December-2018.