|VR/AR||Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10|
|CPU||AMD FX-8800P processor with cTDP of 35 Watts|
|GPU||Radeon R7 Graphics (Built-in)|
|Storage||256 GB SSD|
|Audio||AstoundSound 3D spatial audio, 3.5mm audio jack (built-in), Sulon Q earbuds (spatially optimized)|
|Sensors||Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer|
|Input||Dual noise-suppressing embedded microphones, Gamepads, Controllers compatible with Windows 10, Mouse and Keyboard|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Hardware and Software
- 3 Features
- 4 Development Kit
- 5 References
Sulon Q is an untethered virtual reality and augmented reality headset with the inside-out feature to track objects. The standalone headset was first unveiled by Sulon Technologies at the 2016 Game Developer Conference. The presentation was attended by hundreds of developers and press. Sulon Q was introduced to the world as the “World’s first and only all-in-one, tether-free, ‘wear and play’ headset for VR, AR, and spatial computing.”
Hardware and Software
The Sulon Q tether-free VR/AR headset looks similar to other standalone headsets. The gadget has multiple cameras built-in in the headset that can scan the surrounding environment and transfers the data to the minicomputer and spatial processing unit (SPU) that’s at the rear end of the HMD unit. Although the headset is wireless (i.e.) tether-free, the unit is lightweight and comfortable to wear. The Sulon Q headset runs spatial technologies on the regular Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System. Not even Hololens, developed by Microsoft, can do that.
The Sulon Q VR and AR headsets incorporate many exciting features and functions. Some of its most notable features are:
Wear and Play
The single headset does everything. There are no wires attached to the headset, hence users can move freely, anywhere and everywhere. Components that track gestures and movements are built-in; the headset doesn’t need external tracking systems to perform the function.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
The revolutionary Spatial Processing Unit (SPU) employed by Sulon Technologies uses real-time machine vision technologies to improve the real world experience by adding virtual objects and applications.
The Sulon Q headsets make the transition between real and virtual world very easy. The virtual reality and augmented reality fusion magic that user experience is made possible by the SPU that uses inside-out tracking and real-time environment mapping to combine both the worlds and capture physical gestures and movements.
Futuristic Functions using Windows 10
Sophisticated systems are not required to power Sulon Q. The standalone VR/AR headset is powered by Microsoft Windows 10 OS. Even without a high-end PC to run the software, the Sulon Q headset performs futuristic spatial computing. Effects that were once seen only in Si-Fi movies can now be created using the Sulon Q headsets. Creating holographic objects, handling and moving them around the room with hand controllers require just one gadget – the Sulon Q VR/AR headset.
Spatial Redirection Feature
The spatial technology that Sulon Q uses allows the user to fully participate in the virtual world. Moving around in the virtual world created by other HMDs with hand controllers, keyboards, and gamepads do not offer the wholesome virtual reality experience that Sulon Q offers. The Sulon Q headset with its spatial redirection feature and smart perceptual techniques lets the users walk around and explore the reel world. The headset and the powerful software in it make the virtual environment look larger than the real room occupied by the wearer. Regardless of the size of the physical space, with Sulon Q, users can fully explore the virtual world.
Processor and Graphics
The VR/AR headset’s powerful performance is guaranteed by the use of the latest AMD FX-8800P processor. Users can expect the best performance from the processor and graphics as the configurable TDP can go up to 35 Watts. The AMD processor with a cTDP of 35 Watts performs 15-20% better than its previous versions. The Sulon Q headset is able to perform sophisticated VR/AR tasks because the 4 computing and 8 graphic cores use Heterogeneous System Architecture to evenly allocate available memory among them and also share the workload equally.
To ensure the users get the best audio experience, Sulon Q uses the same audio technology that most entertainment studios and game developers employ. The AstoundSound 3D audio technology allows the wearer of the headset to recognize the sounds from all around the room, (i.e.) 360degree angle.
To create the real world magic in the virtual world Sulon Q uses advanced algorithms to produce exceptional audio depth perception. The users can hear the sound getting closer as the source of the sound moves nearer. Dual, noise suppressing, embedded microphone ensures high-quality verbal communication in the headset.
Wearing the Sulon Q headset won’t put pressure on the neck muscles. It’s lightweight and comfortable; users can wear them for long hours without straining their muscles.
Sulon Technologies invite developers to join the team to build VR/AR applications and holographic objects for the headset. Developers can use Unity multi-platform game development tool or the Unreal Engine to build applications for Sulon Q HMD.
Release Date and Cost
No date has been announced for shipping of the first batch of Sulon Q headsets. According to the makers, the VR/AR HMD unit will be shipped soon. Also, there is no clarity on the price of the headset.
- CPU: AMD FX-8800P processor with cTDP of 35 Watts
- GPU: Radeon R7 Graphics (Built-in)
- SPU: Proprietary Sulon spatial processing unit
- Memory (RAM): 8 GB
- Hard drive: 256 GB SSD
- Display: Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Screen
- Resolution: 2560x1440 pixels
- Audio: AstoundSound 3D spatial audio, 3.5mm audio jack (built-in), Sulon Q earbuds (spatially optimized)
- Communication: Dual noise-suppressing embedded microphones
- Sensors: Magnetometer, Gyroscope, and Accelerometer
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10, AMD LiquidVR technology
- Controllers: Gamepad, joysticks, and controllers compatible with Microsoft Windows 10; Mouse and keyboard part of the headset kit
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- USB 3.0 port: 2
- Development Tools: Unity multi-platform game development tool, Unreal engine