With major players such as Samsung, HTC and Microsoft all investing big, the future of VR seems bright. Devices like the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and HTC Vive are all marching towards the same end goal of ultimate immersion and are really making progress, despite many hurdlesand imperfections in the current state of the technology. These, of course, are all natural growing pains that each new concept in the tech realm has to go through, but we are not exactly sure where this puts Sulon’s new concept.
The company might be on to something and set the tone for a new wave of wireless and powerful headset. Then again, it might be a horrible dead-end idea. The concept is to allow the headset to be autonomous without the need for anything external to feed the complex graphics feed, but not by compromising on computing power, like the Gear VR does when it uses a smartphone to do all the heavy lifting.
Instead, Solon Q has partnered with AMD and decided to stick a whole PC inside the device. At the core of the idea lies the AMD FX-8800P processor, which is a mobile notebook APU in essence. To clear up any confusion – yes, the chip does bear the FX moniker and, yes, it is an APU, despite AMD’s traditional naming convention. This means it has two Excavator CPU modules or a total of four compute cores and eight Radeon R7 graphics cores, all bundled up on the same die for better performance and lower power consumption.
This should make the computational part of the system small enough to carry, yet still comparable to desktop-grade performance with tools like AMD’s LiquidVR technology and support for cutting edge graphics APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan. The rest of the specs sheet on the device includes a 2560×1440 OLED display, 8BG of RAM and a 256GB SSD. There is also support for 3D sound using AstoundSound technology. Sulon Q also has a Spatial Processing Unit, which generates a 3D map of a persons surroundings using two front-facing cameras. Naturally, there should also be a battery somewhere in there, seeing how it is basically a laptop to strap around your face.
And that is the biggest concern with this device – it might very well be uncomfortable to wear. Time will tell, we guess.
Source | Via