Pico Neo CV

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Pico Neo CV
Information
VR/AR Virtual Reality
Type Head-mounted display
Developer Pico Technology
Operating System Android
Predecessor Pico Neo DK
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
Memory 4GB Ram
Storage 128GB SD Support
Display Dual 1.5K AMOLED
Resolution 1500 x 1500 pixels/eye
Refresh Rate 90Hz
Field of View 102 degrees
Tracking 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF)
Weight 362g

Introduction

Pico Neo CV is the new untethered, all-in-one virtual reality headset developed by Pico Technology, which has its base in China and San Francisco Bay. Pico Neo CV was showcased to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 held in Last Vegas. The standalone HMD device is set to be rolled out in the United States by the end of this year. At the CES 2017 event, Pico Technology displayed a whole gamut of virtual reality products including Pico Neo DK, Pico Tracking Kit, and the Pico Neo CV HMD headset.

Pico didn’t have to look elsewhere for inspiration. The Pico Neo CV was inspired or derived from Pico’s earlier offering to the tech community – the Pico Neo. Pico Neo is an all-in-one system with a headset, like that of Oculus Rift, and a controller. The headset derives its computing power from the controller.

Hardware

Pico Neo CV doesn’t come with a three-way head strap. Instead, the headset has a sleek, modern crown design. The front-end of the ring rests on the forehead, while the rear-end sits above the back neck area. Pico Neo CV headset’s design can well be compared to a cap. The crown of the headset sits on the forehead and the peck area is connected to the main device. The crown design reduces pressure and strain on the user’s head and neck.

Features

Untethered: The Pico Neo CV headset is free from wires. A large majority of the virtual reality headsets currently available in the market requires a Smartphone, console, or a PC to offer the VR experience. Pico Neo CV requires no special hardware. Since no extra hardware is needed to run the new HMD, it’s believed the product would be a lot lesser than other virtual reality headsets.

Sensors: Pico New CV is a lot like HTC Vive; both are stand-alone untethered virtual reality headsets. But, the comparison ends there. In the case of Vive, the wearer’s position and movements are tracked by a pair of base stations. In contrast, the Pico Neo CV comes equipped with fisheye cameras, in the front of the headset, and a bunch of sensors, that tracks the position and the slightest movement of the user.

Six Degree of Freedom: The term 6DoF or Six Degree of Freedom refers to the freedom of movement of an object inside a space. Rather than listing out all six ways in which an object/body can move. For convenience sake, the movement can be categorized as the Rotational Movement and Translational Movement. In Rotation Movement, the object can pitch, yaw, or roll. In the Translation Movement, the object has the freedom to move left/right, up/down, and forward/backward. The Pico Neo CV HMD headset uses the Six Degree of Freedom to give the user the best immersive virtual reality experience.

Key Highlights

  • 3K AMOLED display in Pico Neo CV guarantees picture of the highest quality and clarity.
  • The deeply immersive experience is made possible by 6DoF.
  • Pico Neo CV offers 360-degree viewing experience of videos, games, and apps.
  • Absence of wires (untethered) allows the wearer to move freely.
  • Use of AM3D 3D spatial audio and Hi-Fi Speaker offers great sound.
  • The Pico Neo CV headset is light, modern, and comfortable.

Technical Specifications

  • Screen: 3K AMOLED display
  • Display Resolution: 1500 x 1500 pixels/eye
  • Memory: High Speed 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB SD support
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
  • Battery Life: 2.5hrs
  • Tracking: 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF)
  • Developer: Pico SDK

Development

Pico is inviting developers who are interested in building applications, 360-degree videos, immersive games, and other VR content for the Pico VR ecosystem. The company wants developers to come up with fresh and innovative immersive content to showcase through their latest launch – Pico New CV HMD headset. By releasing Pico SDK, the company has opened its doors to both individual and development studios to create a variety of products for the Pico VR ecosystem.

The Pico SDK comes with a Unity Plug-In. With this tool, developers can create applications and games with Object-based 3D Sound Engine, Inside-Out Technology, and 6DoF (Six Degrees of Freedom). The Unity Plug-In also allows easy porting of apps and games from other platforms to Pico. The key features of Pico SDK include Object-based Audio Design, 6DoF, Inside-Out Tracking, Asynchronous Time Warp, and Multi-Interaction Controller Support.

Company History

Pico Technology isn’t new to the virtual reality scene. Other than Pico Neo CV, the company has launched Pico Neo DK (headset + Controller) and Pico Tracking Kit for PC. Pico Technology operates from China and San Francisco Bay area.

The company has dedicated itself to the research and development of virtual reality hardware, software, and applications. Pico hopes to deliver a high performing VR experience to its customers by combining immersive video and audio, advanced image algorithms, and precision optics.

Pico aims to serve consumers and businesses with its various virtual reality products. Its goal is to develop premium hardware and software for VR products. Pico aims to offer excellent VR experience by partnering with content creators and application developers.

The company, which was founded in 2015, has a team of over 300 members. The team works on a wide range of fields including business development, software development, research and development, and product design.

Cost and Release Date

The Pico Neo CV headset is impressive, but it’s not available on the market just yet. During the CES 2017 event, the Pico team presented a demo of the headset and announced that the gadget would be rolled out in the United States by the end of the year. No information is available about the cost of the Pico Neo CV headset.

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