Volvo, along with Finnish tech agency Varjo, a maker of high-end augmented actuality headsets, has unveiled the world’s first mixed-reality utility designed for automotive improvement.
The 2 firms have made it potential for anyone to drive an actual automotive whereas sporting an augmented actuality headset, seamlessly including digital parts that appear actual to not simply the motive force, however the automotive’s sensors too. Their newest invention is named the Varjo XR-1, and it’s fairly spectacular.
“With this mixed-reality method, we will begin evaluating designs and applied sciences whereas they’re actually nonetheless on the drafting board,” stated Volvo CTO, Henrik Inexperienced. “As an alternative of the standard static approach of evaluating new merchandise and concepts, we will take a look at ideas on the street instantly. This method provides appreciable potential price financial savings by identifiying priorities and clearing bottlenecks a lot earlier within the design and improvement course of.”
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The XR-1 additionally boasts extremely correct eye-tracking know-how, making it straightforward to evaluate how drivers use a brand new performance and whether or not or not they’re distracted by the brand new options.
“From the very starting, our imaginative and prescient has been to create a product that may seamlessly merge the actual and the digital collectively,” stated Niko Eiden, founder and CEO of Varjo. “The extremely superior methods wherein Volvo Vehicles makes use of the XR-1 present that Varjo’s know-how allows issues which have been beforehand inconceivable. Along with Volvo we’ve began a brand new period in skilled combined actuality.”
Volvo will reveal the Varjo XR-1 headset on the Augmented Actuality World Expo in Santa Clara, California, whereas a patent has already been filed for the know-how.