Pico Interactive today announced that both Pico Neo 2 and its eye-tracking variant, Neo 2 Eye, priced and available.
Both headsets are available starting today, with Neo 2 priced at $700 and Neo 2 Eye priced at $900. Pico is targeting the enterprise market with its new Neo 2 headsets, and will sell both versions directly to companies.
Outside of the integrated eye-tracking of Neo 2 Eye from Swedish company Tobii, the two variants differ only slightly in specs. Neo 2 Eye is 20 grams heavier and comes with slightly more RAM to account for eye tracking than the standard version, something that is tasked with things like foveted rendering, UI selection, and making social VR more of a natural experience than the eye movement of a user is translated into a virtual avatar.
When we tried Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye at CES 2020 earlier this year, we called it the next best standalone after Oculus Quest for its convenience thanks to including a rear-mounted battery, functional position and controlled tracking, and overall experience.
The two motion controls of the headset, however, tracked optically, instance Oculus Quest, instead of using tracking based on the Atraxa interface model of an NDI that fuses data from an on-board electromagnet (EM) and inertial measuring unit (IMU). This essentially allows controllers of Neo 2 to be immune from occlusion of controllers.
Pico Neo 2 Specifications
Screen-3,840 = 2,160 LCD (1,920 = 2,160 per lens)
IPD Adjustment-a 55 mm-71 mm IPD app
Memory-from 128 GB
Headphones-Headband built in
the next level of virtual freedom
Introducing the Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye VR headsets. With best-in-class 4K resolution, comfort, enterprise functionality, 6 degrees of freedom, world-leading precision eye tracking and spatial stereo speakers, they build our latest headset with business in mind.
Comfortable, Expandable, and User Friendly.
The Neo 2 features the comfort and hygienic design of an all-PU facial interface, unique counterbalanced design for easy and extended wear with plenty of room for prescription glasses, plus an SD expansion slot *, and compatible with many Android peripherals.
* Up to 256GB SD Cards
Using Qualcomm’s powerful 845 Snapdragon processor with Boundless XR, the Neo 2 allows content streaming from a VR Ready PC and existing PC VR platforms over wireless 2X2 MIMO 802.11ac 5G link with a common MIMO 5G router.
Built-in Eye Tracking
Upgrade to the Neo 2 Eye with integrated eye tracking for enhanced mechanics and data gathering, allowing your business to gain key insights into customer behavior, reduce training time, and improve safety and productivity.
Powered by Tobii Spotlight Technology, dynamic foveated rendering on the NEO 2 Eye increases framerates by up to 66% and reduces shading loads by up to 72% *, leading to higher quality visuals and more efficient performance.
* Data from the benchmarking test based on dynamic foveated rendering enabled by Tobii Spotlight Technology in Spot's Apartment and conducted on Pico Neo 2 Eye.
Controllers-6DOF motion controllers based on electromagnetic (EM) and inertial measuring unit (IMU) sensor fusion;
article by Amit Caesar