Immersed's Visor XR headset could be a more practical alternative to the Apple Vision Pro
A startup calling itself “Immersed” has launched its upcoming AR headset, the Visor XR. The company is tapping into the new “spatial computing” paradigm that Apple recently introduced with the launch of its Vision Pro headset. While Apple is pitching its device as a “jack of all trades” that does everything from gaming and other forms of entertainment through to work related tasks, the Visor XR is focused squarely on using spatial computing for work.
One aspect of the Visor XR that immediately differentiates from the Vision Pro, is just how thin and light Immersed is aiming to make the Visor. It is small enough to fit the palm of a user’s hand and is said to be 25% lighter than a smartphone, which should put it around 200 grams. This could make it potentially around three times lighter than the Vision Pro, which would make it a much easier proposition to wear for work over extended periods.
While Immersed hasn’t revealed what hardware platform the device is based on, it is likely to be something like the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 SoC. While being able to deliver solid performance, it would be substantially less powerful than the M2/X1 silicon found in the Vision Pro. That’s the result of the trade-off made between performance and mobility. Like the Vision Pro, the Visor XR uses micro OLED display technology – in this instance, 4K resolution for each eye.
In keeping with the productivity-first theme, the Visor XR features a very wide 100-degree field of view, which the company says can allow users to open and view up to five virtual screens simultaneously. It also supports HD color pass-through, six degrees of freedom onboard tracking and is also compatible with Apple operating systems, Windows and Linux through a wired connection. This will be particularly helpful when more processing power is needed than can be produced by the device when it runs wirelessly.
Pre-orders will open later this year with the company’s website offering a sign-up portal. Pricing will be announced at that time, with the Visor XR expected to ship in 2024.