MWC 2023: In Spain, The Chinese Company PICO Unveils its Best Mixed Reality Headset

Mixed Reality Headset
The company’s mixed reality headset made for video games makes its booth at MWC 2023 stand out. BEAK

In order to provide players with a unique gaming experience, PICO has introduced its mixed reality headset capture solution in Europe. This innovation blends elements of these technologies—virtual reality and augmented reality—with those found in video games.

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) technology expo in Barcelona, the Chinese virtual reality company ByteDance, which is owned by TikTok’s parent company, displayed its viewers as well as its goods connected to the “gaming” and commercial sectors.

PICO is presenting its mixed reality headset capture solution to users in Europe by taking advantage of this technology event. Through the usage of the RM helmet, this technology is able to capture the user’s environment and incorporate it into the video game.

By doing this, the user of the headphones accesses a dual experience. On the one hand, the video game’s images, characters, and other specifics are displayed, and on the other, the other players’ and the game room’s furnishings are included directly in the title.

It does this by recording the exterior image with the 16-megapixel (MP) front camera built into the Pico 4 VR viewfinder. Four additional SLAM cameras that are attached to the visor’s edges do high-precision mapping of the surroundings in order to comprehend the context.

Leland Hedges, the General Manager of EMEA Consumer, stated this in a meeting with Europe Press: “The PICO viewer shows this augmented reality technology in color and not in black and white, which is something to highlight with respect to other solutions that offer RM.”

According to Hedges, this technology is intended for users who “do not want to be entirely immersed in the video game world,” but instead prefer to communicate with other users in real life without the use of avatars.

The Mixed Reality Headset capture solution, which Hedges has emphasized, will soon be available on the European market. It is a tool that can be used for a variety of applications and game genres.

The manager noted that PICO started working on this solution so that they could give customers “a wide variety” of ways to use their viewers, including “isolating themselves from the environment to enjoy playing a video game” and “combining the space that surrounds the user with the game itself.”

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PICO Fitness Trackers

The “fitness tracker” gadget was another surprise that PICO displayed at their “booth” at the MWC. It is a system that tracks every movement the player makes using sensors. In other words, it not only recognizes the users’ upper extremities (which these viewers interact with) but also their leg movements.

The development of sensors with adjustable straps positioned below the knees has made this possible. These gadgets track the user’s leg motions and, when combined with the movements of the visor controls, determine the user’s activity and movement.

These tiny sensors are permanently affixed to this area of the body. This capability is crucial since the Pico 4 VR viewer and its primary functionality are intended to be used in “fitness” activities so that the user’s physical activity during training exercises can be recorded.

The “fitness” tracker technology is still being developed, as Hedges has mentioned, thus for the time being it is only a beta tool. He has, nevertheless, emphasized that PICO plans to introduce it in 2023.

The technology behind the “fitness” trackers is also meant to be a tool used by other video game developers to create “all kinds of experiences,” such as the player’s full body in virtual reality.

Virtual Reality Viewers

PICO has also displayed its visors at its “booth.” One of these is the RV Pico 4 model, which the manufacturer touts for its “lightness” and evenly distributed weight between the front and rear to avoid the front of the vehicle from tipping over. Additionally, it has a “software” solution with TÜV Rhineland certification that lowers blue light to avoid eye fatigue.

The screen is an LCD panel with two 2.56-inch lenses on each side, providing a combined 4K+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. They have Pancake lenses, which have a 105-degree field of vision, as a standout feature.

The 5,300mAh battery in the September 2022-released Pico 4 VR headset, which supports quick charging, provides up to three hours of gameplay. On the other side, it has a Snapdragon XR2 processor from Qualcomm and an Adreno 650 GPU.

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