Startup Firm Varjo all set to Hop Past the Biggest Hurdle in VR Headsets

June 20, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Virtual Reality is still to leap through many hurdles, of which the prime one is better resolution displays. Despite giants like Samsung, Google and Facebook spending fair time in developing new VR technologies, VR headsets are still to crack the resolution issue. And it now appears that the game will be changed by rather a new competitor in the domain.

Varjo is the company that is now eyeing to tackle the resolution issues in VR headsets by bringing in better displayed physical VR devices. The company is formed by the former product managers of Microsoft and Nokia, and their expertise have already delivered lauded works including flagship devices like Nokia N9 and camera technologies for Nokia and Intel.

Varjo’s work for better displayed VR devices doesn’t actually revolve around building better resolutions. Indeed, the devices will pack new Full HD micro displays from Sony for better display output, but that’s not the real deal with the new hardware.

Instead, the highlight is that the company is endeavoring an effort to tangle software and hardware technologies to mimic human vision when inside the VR box. Vajro’s headset will make use of eye-tracking sensors to put some extra focus on the center of your field of vision. This will be done by adding up the density around the area of focus of your eye and reducing the density around them.

That’s similar to how the brain filters out objects out of your eye’s focus. This, combined with some hardware upgrades, is what the company believes will deliver viewing experiences with up to seventy times the clarity of current VR headsets.

Varjo is also believed to have completed the works of a working prototype, which will probably get revealed soon. A demo was displayed for the time being with micro-displays fitted on Oculus VR headset.

Interestingly, Varjo is also keen to expand their works to facilitate human eye resolution onto AR devices. Like its VR, the AR device is also poised to be working differently, with the device expected to deliver camera-snapped real-world live images onto a display rather than popping up AR objects onto a transparent glass. We hope the technology is being embraced to get something better out of augmented reality.

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