Rokid and Hainan Airlines partner to offer passengers Rokid Max glasses to enjoy virtual entertainment during world's first AR flights
Hainan Airlines in China has partnered with Rokid to launch the world's first augmented reality flights. Using the Rokid Max AR glasses paired with the portable, Android TV Rokid Station, passengers flying from February 7 until March 31, 2024 on select Hainan flights can experience in-flight entertainment on 360-inch virtual screens.
The Rokid Max AR glasses weigh 2.6 ounces (75 grams), approximately the weight of two sunglasses. The Max is an ideal entertainment companion because passengers can comfortably wear them during long flights. Media was streamed to the glasses from the companion Rokid Station device over a mini HDMI to USB-C cable. Together, this Rokid AR entertainment kit provides up to 5 hours of entertainment on rechargeable batteries.
Other airlines have offered alternate reality experiences in the past with Qantus providing passengers Samsung Gear VR headsets as early as 2015. However, VR headsets are typically heavy, bulky, and uncomfortable when worn for many hours, and even the latest Meta Quest 3 weighs 18.2 ounces.
The Max AR glasses are HDCP compliant, allowing copy-protected streaming films to be viewed. The Max projects a virtual 1080P image over a hundred inches in size at up to 600 nits brightness. The headset can be connected to all popular game consoles including the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox, and the 120 Hz refresh rate allow users to enjoy smooth motion in movies and game. Built-in diopter adjustment from 0.00 to -6.00D eliminates the need to wear contacts for many nearsighted users.
The inaugural flight HU7874 in China flew from Shenzhen to Xi An on February 7th at 10 a.m. Specially selected films celebrating the Lunar New Year were shown, and more than twenty additional flights are scheduled until March 31. Readers can enjoy the same entertainment experience at home with their own pair of Rokid Max AR glasses from Amazon.
Additional video of the inaugural flight: Rokid video at Weibo
Rokid and Hainan Airlines Launch World's First AR Flight Experience
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SHENZHEN, China, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking a significant step forward in redefining in-flight entertainment, Rokid has teamed up with Hainan Airlines to launch the world's first AR in-flight experience.
Passengers making their way from Shenzhen to Xi'an were treated to a unique surprise aboard Hainan Airlines flight HU7874 on February 7th at 10 a.m. Special glasses awaited them at their seats, offering an immersive entertainment experience by allowing users to enjoy 3D films with a 360-inch borderless screen, 1080P resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate, akin to having a private cinema at 30,000 feet.
Starting February 8th and lasting for over a month, more than 20 Hainan Airlines flights will incorporate the Rokid AR Entertainment Kits, pre-loaded with several 3D offline movies, allowing passengers to enjoy a novel form of in-flight entertainment. This initiative aims to bring joy to travelers, enhancing their journey with the latest technology.
To ensure a smooth and enjoyable viewing experience, the Rokid team conducted extensive device testing and selected five of the latest films suitable for viewing during Lunar New Year.
The Rokid AR Glasses are designed for comfort, weighing only 75g, with a battery life of up to 5 hours, allowing consumers to easily complete watching three movies at one go. Equipped with dual directional speakers, passengers can enjoy high-quality sound without disturbing others.
This partnership marks a significant advancement in transforming the traditional in-flight entertainment landscape, offering passengers an immersive journey like never before. As technology continues to reshape air travel, the future holds promises of more personalized and diverse experiences for flyers.
Looking ahead, with the continuous improvement of infrastructure such as 5G networks and cloud computing, Rokid plans to expand the application of its AR technology in flights, including real-time interactive games and virtual tours. Its goal is to make every flight an unforgettable adventure for passengers of all ages, truly ushering in the era of "smart aviation."
To learn more, visit global.rokid.com.
Rokid, a product platform company founded in 2014, focuses on human-computer interaction technology. Currently, Rokid is working on the research and development of hardware and software products such as AR glasses and the YodaOS operating system.
Through the research of speech recognition, natural language processing, optical display, semiconductor platform, and hardware design, Rokid has developed a range of augmented reality (AR) solutions for consumer and business customers, including Rokid Max AR glasses and Rokid Station.
To date, the company's products have been sold and used in over 80 countries and regions worldwide.