Yesterday I used to be visiting the wonderful folks of VRTUOLUO, which is without doubt one of the main XR publications in China, and so they had been so variety to let me enter their lab, the place they’ve all of the headsets they’ve reviewed these years. It was for me the event of seeing and attempting briefly some gadgets that I had by no means tried or that I didn’t even know existed. It was a enjoyable second, so I wish to share it with you on this put up. Anyway, remember to take it as a solution to calmly speak about some XR glasses and never as a full assessment: I’ve simply tried these headsets for like 1 minute every, so these can’t be thought-about actual hands-on classes, however just a few very early impressions.

Me on the Vrtuoluo places of work

(By the best way, that is my first put up about my journey to China, and lots of others are to return, so keep tuned!)


The massive frames of the LAWK glasses

The LAWK glasses stunned me on the cabinets of the lab as a result of they regarded like ski glasses. They’re really fairly cool to put on, and with them on, I felt a bit like Frozone from the Incredibles. I’ve discovered them additionally fairly comfy, even when the frames had been large.

lawk ski glasses
Truly they don’t seem to be that unhealthy to put on, for my part

These are good glasses with a single waveguide that tasks inexperienced monochrome info. I’ve not been in a position to take a look at them a lot, however they’re clearly meant to be paired with the smartphone to indicate notifications and related stuff.

lawk visuals
The visible system of the glasses

The inexperienced monochrome show is definitely fairly vibrant, so the data on the display screen was very nicely seen.

lawk through the lens
The by means of the lens reveals the brilliant textual content projected inside

Nreal Air

I’ve lastly been in a position to strive the Nreal Air, the glasses for media consumption created by Nreal which have been fairly profitable till now (the corporate claims greater than 100,000 glasses offered).

nreal air try on
I’m so elegant

The glasses are light-weight and comfy. The one downside is the cable: the glasses are tethered, and the tether ends with a USB-C port that enters into your cellphone. The tether is hooked up to one of many frames of the glass, and I may clearly really feel it pushing my ear, which was not splendid.

They’re additionally fairly trendy to put on and appear like sun shades. Stylewise, although, I’ve so as to add that for my private style they give the impression of being extra like glasses that match a lady than a person, however that is simply my opinion.

The man from Vrtuoluo launched a video on his cellphone, and I may see it in entrance of me on the glasses. The visible high quality regarded good, and in addition the audio was okay, even when the audio system had been little or no on this gadget. The one downside was that it didn’t look to me like having a “large display screen in entrance of my eyes” as claimed by the corporate… it simply appeared to me to have a video hooked up to my face. Which is technically the identical factor, however I anticipated one thing like a magical impact that made me really feel like being inside a cinema and its large display screen. It’s completely not like that.

Rokid Air Glasses + Rokid Station

rokid air and station
Rokid Air Glasses hooked up to their Rokid Station

Rokid has not too long ago introduced its “Rokid Station”, which is a tool that may work with the Rokid Air Glasses. The Station has a double objective: working as a computational unit, so that you don’t should fry the battery of your cellphone to energy the AR glasses, and performing as a controller, due to the buttons and the touchpad on it.

I discovered it a reasonably authentic answer, however unluckily I haven’t been in a position to strive it as a result of the battery of the Rokid Station was drained out. Which was an fascinating factor per se: it reminds us that one of many disadvantages of getting a separate gadget to energy our AR glasses is that you need to repeatedly recharge this different gadget (moreover your smartphone), too.

The Station regarded a bit cumbersome, however was additionally fairly ergonomic in my hand, and interacting with its touchpad was fantastic.


llvision glasses
This design was not unhealthy, both

LLvision glasses are supposed to do stay transcription (and finally translation) of dialogues. They appear cool for accessibility or different particular functions. I haven’t been in a position to strive their service for some technical points we had been having within the lab, however at the very least I may see that the glasses are very light-weight and the textual content inside was readable. Stylewise, they’re okay too, however most likely Nreal Air is barely cooler.

It was fascinating to find this gadget as a result of it isn’t a general-purpose smartglass, however one with a single particular objective.

Outdated iQiYi PC VR headset

iqiyi vr
I don’t keep in mind if I used to be laughing or that was an expression of ache

There was a PCVR headset taking mud on the cabinets that had fairly a bizarre form (it jogged my memory a bit the Decide Dredd film), so I wished to strive it. Seems it was an outdated iQiYi PCVR headset, which I placed on my head to really feel the consolation even when it was stuffed with grime and dirt (that is how COVID-23 was born).

I believe that the engineer doing it, as an alternative of taking inspiration for the consolation from commonplace glasses, or ski glasses, or moto helmets, took inspiration from a nutcracker. The becoming mechanism is one thing like a inflexible however elastic plastic claw that begins from the highest of the headset and ends with the claw in your nape, pushing it in order that the headset stays pressed towards your face. The result’s that you’ve got the impression on a regular basis that the gadget desires to crack your head. 100% helpful as a torture machine.

iQiYi Combine

iqiyi mix vr
The look of the gadget is definitely not unhealthy

iQiYi Combine is a standalone headset made by iQiYi which has the distinctive attribute of getting two devoted entrance RGB cameras for passthrough AR. This gadget so doesn’t want any bizarre calculation to create the coloured passthrough stream, as a result of it natively information it in shade.

This appears like a good suggestion, so I wished to strive it. And after my take a look at, I can affirm that the colours within the passthrough had been certainly okay. However the passthrough decision was nonetheless as grainy as in different industrial VR headsets and particularly all of the stereo disparity was completely off, so my eyes had been crossing and hurting whereas trying into it. I assumed it may very well be an IPD downside, however the IPD is mounted on this headset, so… nicely… I had no answer to have passthrough. However at the very least I discovered that the headset has a flip-up design, so you continue to have a great way to see actuality…

iqiyi mix flip up
Flip-up function was fairly cool

However there’s much more: I switched to VR, and I discovered myself within the system menu. The visible expertise was just like certainly one of different standalone gadgets just like the Quest 2. I attempted shifting, and the monitoring was clearly lagging, leading to a fairly dizzying expertise.

Let’s say I had no luck with iQiYi headsets…

Pico lenses comparability

On the finish of the go to, the VRTUOLUO folks additionally let me see the distinction between the lenses of the Pico Neo 3 (Fresnel) and Pico 4 (Pancake). Properly, the entire optical module on the 4 seems to be a lot smaller…

pico headset lenses comparison
Optical modules of Pico Neo 4 (left) and Neo 3 (proper)

And that’s it for this quick testing session of headsets. I hope you loved it… however as I’ve already instructed you, don’t contemplate this as a assessment of those gadgets!

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