Like a combination of VR and augmented reality, Sulon’s Cortex uses your Android phone as a screen but also has built-in sensors and cameras that map the room you’re standing in and recreate it in front of your eyes, with digital objects and virtual environments overlaid by the phone’s processor. Its US$500 development kit is expected to ship at the end of the year.
When it comes to virtual reality, the larger your field of view the better. The current version of the Rift development kit has a 100º horizontal FOV but the InfinitEye’s two 1280x800 displays and Fresnel lenses provide over twice that, drastically increasing your peripheral vision to 210º and ramping up the feeling of immersion. It’s just a prototype at the moment, but the InfinitEye shows where next-gen VR helmets are likely to head.
The Glyph is a pair of noise-cancelling headphones with an extra-special trick. Fold it down and on the underside is a 1280x720-per-eye micromirror array, which reflects light into your eyeballs rather than lighting up a screen. Avegant reckons it’s far sharper than a traditional screen, although its 45º FOV could prove detrimental to the VR experience. Just plug it in via HDMI and you’re good to go.
With its matching gun-shaped controller there's something decidedly retro about the ANTVR kit, but inside it's anything but old-fashioned. A wireless receiver sits between the two parts, meaning it can receive signals from a range of platforms, while the headset's aspherical lenses mean it will run games not specifically designed for VR. The gun controller also unfolds to reveal a traditional gamepad.
Fove is the VR headset that watches you; with its eye-tracking technology, it can pinpoint where you're looking with far more accuracy than the head-tracking technology used by other VR headsets. That means you'll be able to look around an image to select items in your field of view; it can also add focus effects to increase your sense of immersion in the image and could even reduce the motion sickness associated with virtual reality. By measuring your pupil dilation, it can even track your emotional state – better hope the producers of Alien: Isolation don't get their hands on it.