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ANTVR
Information
VR/AR Virtual Reality
Type Head-mounted display
Subtype Discrete HMD
Operating System Windows, Xbox, PlayStation, Android
Requires PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Smartphone
Display aspherical lens
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Field of View 100° diagonal
Tracking 3DOF
Rotational Tracking Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Input Transformable Controller
Connectivity U2B (USB-2.4GHz and Bluetooth) module
Release Date December 2014
Website http://www.antvr.com/
ANTVR is a wireless virtual reality HMD combined with a transformable controller. The kit combines an HMD display with a transformable controller that can be used as a gamepad, lightsaber, gun, and joystick. The projected started on Kickstarter in 2014.

Features

The headset is compatible with many mainstream platforms, including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Android devices.

It offers a low-latency, 360-degree head tracking, which allows users to look around the virtual environment just like if they were actually standing inside. The effect of immersion is made even more pronounced thanks to 100-degree diagonal field of view. This gives users an IMAX-like experience in the comfort of their own homes.[1]

ANTVR comes with its own controller, which can be used as a gamepad, lightsaber, gun, or joystick.[2]

Hardware

The headset is very similar in appearance to many other upcoming VR displays. It has a glossy black finish and a rubber strap for keeping it securely on the head.

To prevent users from losing their sense of orientation, the ANTVR features a visor-like window on the lower portion of the headset to allow users a quick view of the outside environment without having to remove the headset.

A pair of full HD displays provides a sharp picture, which is projected through aspherical lenses. A 9-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) captures movement in all directions for a realistic gaming experience.

One of the biggest advantages of this headset is its compatibility with a wide range of devices. These include gaming consoles, but also Android smartphones and tablets, which are connected using a proprietary U2B (USB-2.4GHz and Bluetooth) module. [3]

Technical Specifications

  • Optics: aspherical lens
  • Motion tracking: 9-axis IMU, 1000Hz
  • Field of view: 100°diagonal, 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Display: 1920x1080 LCD (1.03 Mega pixel per eye)
  • Input: HDMI cable (AK beta STANDARD) or WHDI wireless (AK beta WIRELESS)
  • Output: USB-2.4GHz and Bluetooth
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox, PS, Android devices etc.
  • Headset weight: 0.370 kilograms
  • Audio: 3.5mm output
  • Battery performance: 8 or 3 hours (with WHDI unit)
  • IPD Adjustment: 60-75mm
  • Prescription glasses adaption: YES

Software

Apps

Developer

ANTVR will distribute SDKs to software developers. It will allow them to use ANTVR KIT's special features to create games and virtual reality application. The U2B module itself is fully open-source.

Accessories

Background

ANTVR broke the Chinese record of abroad crowd funding on Kickstarter. In 2015, the company collaborated with Lenovo to create a new VR product called Lemon ANTVR PhoneGlass. [4]

History

  • May 14, 2014 - Launch of ANTVR's Kickstarter campaign
  • June 23, 2014 - Successfully raised $260,835 USD with 681 backers
  • Dec 24, 2014 - Shipping of ANTVR KITs

References

  1. http://www.antvr.com/?view=headset
  2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/805968217/antvr-kit-all-in-one-universal-virtual-reality-kit/description
  3. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/805968217/antvr-kit-all-in-one-universal-virtual-reality-kit/description
  4. http://www.antvr.com/?view=about

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