The Sulon Q has insane combined actuality ambitions
Earlier this week, Sulon Applied sciences unveiled the Sulon Q, which it claims is the world’s first tether-free all-in-one headset that mixes AR, VR and spatial computing in a single gadget. That signifies that as an alternative of attaching it to a pc, just like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, or counting on a smartphone, just like the Gear VR, the Q is a pc in and of itself — it even has a battery pack hooked up. Consider it as sporting a pc in your face. On prime of that, it additionally has a mess of sensors that promise actual-time hand-monitoring and surroundings mapping. All of it appears somewhat far-fetched, which might clarify why Sulon launched a “Magic Beans” video to demo the tech (see under). We additionally took the chance to talk to Sulon CEO Dhan Balachand right here at GDC 2016 and tried the (non-working) headset on our heads.
Within the aforementioned video, you will primarily see a recreation of Jack and the Beanstalk, however set in what seems to be an workplace. Balachand tells me that the Sulon maps the workplace in actual-time, and is ready to overlay the beanstalk imagery on prime of what’s primarily a video passthrough. However because the story progresses, you will see that the ceiling of the workplace all of the sudden opens up and an enormous seems. The enormous then picks you up and you end up dangling above. That is the half the place AR primarily transitions and works in live performance with VR, says Balachand.
“There is a spatial processing unit inside,” he stated. “It truly maps the world by itself and isn’t delicate to daylight or any lighting modifications […] That is innate inside the system. That is its coronary heart.”
To reiterate, the Q is principally a standalone PC. It has an AMD FX-8800 chip processor on board and is overclocked to a lift load of round three.four GHz. Different specs embrace WiFi, Bluetooth, 256GB SSD storage and it even runs Home windows 10. “Think about a floating display the place you’d see a desktop of Home windows 10,” stated Balachand. “You’d be capable of transfer purposes round and begin making a digital play space.” You need to use your palms, however it’s going to additionally apparently ship with a keyboard and mouse. There are two USB three ports on the backside, a microHDMi output on the prime plus a three.5mm audio jack.
“Say you might have a digital ball and you employ your bodily leg to kick it,” stated Balachand of the Sulon tech. “As you take a look at the ball, the leg is virtualized and it applies recreation physics to the ball, giving it curvature and kinematics. It bounces by way of the surroundings in actual time. There is no pre-mapping. It is a virtualized model of the actual world. That is how that is distinctive.”
Sulon had a demo unit for me to attempt, however sadly it was not a working prototype. Nonetheless, I might a minimum of have a really feel for it — Balachand says that the unit I attempted can be fairly near the ultimate unit when it comes to measurement and weight. General, I assumed the match was good and comfortable. There have been velcro strips across the prime and the edges for flexibility and it did not appear heavy in any respect. The battery pack situated on the again of the headset is by far the heaviest a part of the entire contraption, however even that did not weigh me down. I requested for specifics on battery life, however Balachand says they’re nonetheless understanding the small print on that.
On the entire, I’ve to say I am fairly skeptical. I might undoubtedly have to see it in motion to ensure that me to consider that a small pc like this could deal with all of the processing load essential to deal with AR, VR and hand-monitoring. Sulon says they will be delivery models in late Spring, so we cannot have lengthy to attend to see if it is actuality or, like Jack and the Beanstalk, only a fairy story.