Varjo Reality Cloud Could be the Next Step for Mixed Reality Collaboration

Varjo Reality Cloud

Finnish hardware company Varjo is known for its high-end, enterprise-only virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) headsets, providing the best image quality to clients. Today, Varjo has revealed it will be expanding its reach beyond mere hardware solutions by announcing Varjo Reality Cloud, a platform designed for universal collaboration and real-time reality sharing.

Varjo Reality Cloud

Currently built around the Varjo XR-3 mixed reality (MR) headset which launched back in December 2020, Varjo Reality Cloud is the company’s own take on a metaverse, where users can come together share ideas and collaborate. Instead of a virtual world, Varjo intends to blend the real with the digital, crucially, in real-time so as if you’re almost teleporting the person you wish to speak to into your room.

Developing and packing the XR-3 with low-latency video pass-through, integrated eye tracking and LiDAR have been important steps toward Varjo Reality Cloud, enabling the headset to accurately scan and digitise a room as well as sharing 3D video feed which only generates single megabytes per second. So the groundwork has been laid over the past five years for Varjo to create an MR metaverse which could be one of the most realistic.

“We believe that Varjo’s vision for the metaverse will elevate humanity during the next decade more than any other technology in the world,” said Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo. “What we’re building with our vision for the Varjo Reality Cloud will release our physical reality from the laws of physics. The programmable world that once existed only behind our screens can now merge with our surrounding reality – forever changing the choreography of everyday life.”

Varjo Reality Cloud

To help in the development of Varjo Reality Cloud the company has announced the acquisition of Norwegian software company Dimension10, which specialises in industrial 3D collaboration for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) teams.

While this all sounds promising Varjo hasn’t released any specific feature details for the new platform, such as possible user numbers in one location or the ability to import assets to work on. This can be seen seen in apps like Spatial which support VR headsets and MR ones like Microsoft HoloLens, allowing users to interact as holograms.

Varjo’s current product lineup features the Varjo VR-3 priced at $3,990 USD (inc. a 1-year Varjo subscription) and the Varjo XR-3 which retails for $6990 (inc the subscription).

While Varjo Reality Cloud Alpha Access will be offered to existing XR-3 customers later this year, the team envisions bringing the platform to multiple headsets and to a wider array of users in the future. It’s still early days for Varjo Reality Cloud so as further details are released, VRFocus will let you know.

The VR Job Hub: Strivr & Varjo

VR Job Hub

Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

LocationCompanyRoleLink
Palo Alto, CAStrivrStaff AccountantClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrSenior Product Designer – PortalClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrEngineering Manager – Data platformClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrSenior Software Engineer – FrontendClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrStaff Software Engineer – Data PlatformClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrTechnical Support and Escalation EngineerClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrIntern – Software Engineer (Summer 2021)Click Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrSenior Project ManagerClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrPeople Operations LeadClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrSenior Product ManagerClick Here to Apply
Palo Alto, CAStrivrSenior Product Manager, PlatformClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSenior 3D Graphics & Rendering DeveloperClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSenior Visul Pipeline EngineerClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSenior C++/3D Graphics DeveloperClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSenior Cloud Computing Engineer/ArchitactClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoLead Full Stack Web DeveloperClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoDeveloper Relations EngineerClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSourcing ManagerClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSales Development RepClick Here to Apply
Helsinki, FinlandVarjoSales Solution Engineer, EMEA & APACClick Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham (pgraham@vrfocus.com).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

Lenovo to Sell Varjo’s Enterprise VR Headsets

Lenovo desktop workstation + Varjo headsets

Computing giant Lenovo may have been interested in consumer virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) in the past with devices like the Mirage Solo and Mirage AR but now its firmly focused on enterprise use cases. Today, the company has announced its become a reseller for Varjo‘s high-end, enterprise-class headsets.

Varjo’s latest range of headsets includes the mixed reality XR-1 and the new VR-2 & VR-2 Pro, with pricing starting from €4,995 EUR for the VR-2. They come with Varjo’s unique display design, the Bionic Display. It’s made up of two screens, a small 3000ppi display for fine, close up detail and a larger, lower-resolution ‘Context Screen’ to provide a wider field of view (FoV). While the VR-2 Pro features Ultraleap hand tracking.

Enterprise customers will now be able to purchase the headsets directly through Lenovo, either by contacting a local Lenovo representative or via the “Contact Us” link on Lenovo.com.

“Many existing VR offerings in the market today are enterprise versions of a consumer designed product,” said Mike Leach, solution portfolio lead, Lenovo in a statement. “However, Lenovo’s professional workstations and Varjo’s VR and XR headsets are specifically engineered to perform in the most sophisticated and demanding enterprise use cases. Our ability to offer customers a single point of purchase for certified workstations and VR/XR devices streamlines access to the tools needed for immersive workflows that are changing the way we work today.”

Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition

The announcement also adds more certified Lenovo workstations to the Varjo compatible catalogue for companies looking for a suitable pairing. These are:

Optimized to support the VR-2, VR-2 Pro and XR-1 devices:

  • ThinkStation P520
  • ThinkStation P720
  • ThinkStation P920

Optimized to support the VR-2 and VR-2 Pro devices:

  • ThinkPad P53
  • ThinkPad P73
  • ThinkPad P15
  • ThinkPad P17

“One of the biggest obstacles in accelerating the usage and growth of professional VR/XR is getting all the right equipment sourced for an enterprise-grade set-up and ensuring compatibility between computers and headsets,” said Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo. “With Lenovo becoming a Varjo reseller, we eliminate a lot of this complexity, making it even easier for customers to adopt VR/XR in the workplace for increased productivity and ROI.”

When it comes to Lenovo’s own XR solutions the company has partnered with Pico on the 3DoF Mirage VR S3 headset and its ThinkReality A6 AR device is primarily used for training and education solutions. For further updates from Lenovo, keep reading VRFocus.

Epic Megagrant Awarded to Varjo to Expand XR-1 Developer Edition Support for Unreal Engine

Varjo x Epic

Having launched its Epic Megagrant initiative last year the company has awarded over $42 million from the $100 million fund. Today, the latest beneficiary from the virtual reality (VR) industry is enterprise headset manufacturer Varjo.

Varjo XR-1

Varjo has received a MegaGrant to help further its mixed reality (MR) support for Unreal Engine, mainly focused on the Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition. The $10,000 headset launched back in December, a combination of the original VR-1 device coupled with two 12mp cameras on the front, enabling users to switch between MR and VR modes.

“Varjo currently provides one of the most advanced mixed reality hardware and software solutions for demanding industrial use,” said Sebastian Loze, industry manager for simulations at Epic Games in a statement. “We are excited to soon have mainline support for Varjo products in the primary Unreal distribution to continue delivering the highest-end visualization for our customers. The addition of new mixed reality features in Unreal Engine enables a new class of application development.”

The headset manufacturer has always focused on the enterprise market for commercial, government, and academic organizations. Its headsets have been used in automotive design, to train pilots and astronauts and help in clinical research. Customers include Volvo Cars, Boeing Starliner, FlightSafety International, and Lockheed Martin.

Varjo XR-1

“We are thrilled to have this support from Epic Games to expand our delivery of mixed reality solutions for the most demanding enterprise VR/XR applications through Unreal Engine,” said John Burwell, global lead of simulation and training at Varjo.

“With OpenXR as the target interface, developers will, for the first time, have access to the industry’s most advanced enterprise-grade mixed reality features to support composing real and virtual environments for a wide variety of applications,” Burwell continued. “Planned features include full support for Varjo’s photorealistic visual fidelity, eye tracking and real-time chroma keying. The resulting solution is likely to position Unreal Engine as the most advanced platform for enterprise mixed reality development.”

Neither Epic nor Varjo have revealed how much was awarded. As further details on Varjo future developments are released, VRFocus will let you know.

Varjo and MeetinVR’s new Partnership Aims to Create Photorealistic Enterprise Collaboration

Varjo x MeetinVR

At the moment each week seems to offer new ways for businesses to collaborate through virtual reality (VR) technology. The latest comes from MeetinVR which has just launched its open beta whilst partnering with Varjo, to release a highly realistic version of its software for Varjo’s headsets.

Varjo products

Having been in private beta for three years with select Fortune500 companies, the open beta launch will support companies looking for new ways to connect their workforce – a hot topic at the moment with the likes of Spatial and Oculus for Business arriving.

MeetinVR includes all the useful features you’d expect from a collaboration app, diverse spaces which suit individual company needs, a tablet to access beneficial tools, being able to place 3D objects mid-air and the ability to brainstorm on white boards.

Its collaboration with Varjo takes this a step further as MeetinVR will support the VR-2, VR-2 Pro and XR-1 Developer Edition for mixed reality (MR) meetings. While the implementation has yet to roll out, the companies have introduced a new bundle offer where new Varjo headset owners will receive six months of MeetinVR for free for five users.

“Remote working is now becoming our new normal and the need to be able to virtually collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners around the world is business critical,” said Urho Konttori, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Varjo in a statement. “As enterprises adapt to a new work environment, we’re excited to partner with leading industry players, such as MeetinVR, to help build the future of virtual and mixed reality collaboration.”

Varjo x MeetinVR

“Varjo’s photorealistic resolution gives users the ability to see reflections and shadows of their 3D models, as well as read text, all of which create a realistic experience for collaboration amongst meeting participants,” said Cristian Emanuel Anton, CEO of MeetinVR. “With this partnership, users don’t have to abide by the rules of physics anymore. They are able to merge real and virtual elements seamlessly in our collaborative platform. This sets a new benchmark for remote presence and interaction for professionals.”

MeetinVR is free to trial right now, supporting up to 20 users for 30 days. Once those parameters have been exceed then there are three main plans starting at 5-20 users for €35 per month/user, 21-50 users costs €30 per month/user, while 51+ users costs €25 per month/user. The collaboration software currently supports Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets with Varjo support coming soon.

As MeetinVR continues to improve its collaboration software, VRFocus will keep you updated.

The VR Job Hub: Rewind, Holoride, Varjo & More

Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe, to help make finding the ideal job easier. Below are a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on VR, AR and MR.

Location Company Role Link
St Albans, UK REWIND 3D Artist Click Here to Apply
St Albans, UK REWIND Lead Artist Click Here to Apply
St Albans, UK REWIND Lead Programmer Click Here to Apply
St Albans, UK REWIND Senior Artist Click Here to Apply
Munich, Germany Holoride Backend Architect Click Here to Apply
Munich, Germany Holoride Content Creator Click Here to Apply
Munich, Germany Holoride Software Engineer Click Here to Apply
NYC, US Schuco Virtual Construction Lab VR Programmer VCLcontact@schuco-usa.com
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Unity SDK & Engine Developer Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Senior 3D Graphics & Rendering Developer Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Computational Vision Developer Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Data Scientist Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Computer Vision Developer, Eye Tracking Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham (pgraham@vrfocus.com).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

Varjo Expands Enterprise Headset Lineup With VR-2 & VR-2 Pro

There are several virtual reality (VR) headsets competing in the higher end enterprise sector such as the HTC Vive Pro Eye, VRgineers’ XTAL and Varjo’s VR-1. The latter is a £6000 GBP head-mounted display (HMD) which launched back in February and today the company has announced two new additions to its product lineup, the VR-2 and VR-2 Pro.

Varjo VR-2

The two new state-of-the-art devices improve on the previous model in a number of ways, adding Varjo’s next-generation Bionic Display which has better peripheral vision and colour consistency than before. Varjo’s 20/20 Eye Tracker technology has also been upgraded offering faster and more accurate calibration performance, giving applications access to precise eye data.

The Bionic Display still features two 1920×1080 low persistence micro-OLEDs and two 1440×1600 low persistence AMOLEDs allowing for the high definition the headset is known for. Both the VR-2 and the VR-2 Pro include support for SteamVR content as well as support for the OpenVR development platform. Additionally, the Varjo VR-2 Pro also comes with integrated Ultraleap (formerly Leap Motion) hand tracking technology.

“We have seen first-hand what the power of human-eye resolution in VR can offer in terms of expanding the realm of applications for the enterprise,” said Urho Konttori, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Varjo in a statement. “Today we bring the Resolution Revolution overnight to nearly all industrial applications, unlocking the next level of professional VR. With VR-2 and VR-2 Pro, professionals can benefit from the industry’s highest visual fidelity and the most precise eye-tracking joining forces with the leading hand tracking technology.”

Varjo
Image Credit: Varjo – Comparison – Left HTC Vive Pro, Middle Varjo with SteamVR support (Ultra-high res at 40 PPD), Right Native Varjo SDK (Human-eye res at 60 PPD).

“One of the main goals of SteamVR is to support a diverse ecosystem of hardware and software. Varjo is taking a unique approach to building high-end industrial VR products, and we are excited that users of Varjo will be able to take advantage of the wide array of SteamVR content for professionals,” said Joe Ludwig from Valve.

As you may expect, the Varjo VR-2 and VR-2 Pro require some decent processing power as these system requirements detail:

Component Recommended Minimum
Processor Intel Core i7-8700

AMD Ryzen 7 2700

Intel Core i7-6700

AMD FXTM 9590

GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

NVIDIA Quadro P6000

RAM 32GB 16GB
Storage Space 2GB
Video output 2 x DisplayPort 1.2 / 2 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB port 1 x USB-A 3.0
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)

Available today, pricing for the Varjo VR-2 starts from $4,995 USD while the VR-2 Pro starts from $5,995. When purchasing either device you’ll also need to add on Varjo’s software and support services starting at $795. Both headsets will be on demonstration at AWE EU 2019 later this week. Varjo now sells four enterprise-grade devices, the other being the XR-1. For further Varjo updates, keep reading VRFocus.

Enterprise VR Specialist Varjo Opens US Headquarters

Varjo Technologies, the Finnish company behind the $6,000 USD Varjo VR-1 industrial virtual reality (VR) headset continues to accelerate its global expansion plans this week announcing the opening of its new US headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Varjo XR-1

Celebrating its third anniversary this month, the US represents an important market for Varjo hence why alongside the HQ opening the company has announced an expansion to its reseller program. Varjo’s reseller network only launched three months ago, making the Varjo VR-1 headset available to enterprise customers in 34 countries.

Two new US resellers have been added to the list, GC Micro and FoxGuard Solutions, ensuring better reach and customer support across the country.

“2019 has been an exciting year for us so far with the announcements of our first two products – the Varjo VR-1 and Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition – among other key milestones, and this is just the beginning,” said Timo Toikkanen, president and COO of Varjo in a statement. “As we continue to expand our global footprint, through new offices, additional reseller partners and entrance into new sales markets, we look forward to delivering the innovative solutions and local support our enterprise customers need to apply VR in new and compelling ways.”

Varjo XR-1

Dubbed the ‘the world’s first human-eye resolution VR device’ the Varjo VR-1 has already been taken up by global enterprises such as Saab, Airbus, Siemens PLC and Audi. Using a system called the Bionic Display which is made up of two screens for each eye, the main ‘Context screen’ delivers 1440×1600 per eye while a microdisplay or ‘focal screen’ delivers a resolution of 60 pixels per degree (or 3000ppi). Additionally, the headset also features Varjo’s own in-house 20/20 Eye Tracker system to help companies extract analytics data.

Then there’s the Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition, an adaption for the VR version adding mixed reality (MR) functionality. With the same screens and eye-tracking, the Varjo XR-1 includes two front-facing 12mp cameras with an 82 x 82 degrees field of view (FoV) putting the headset ahead of rivals like Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Varjo and its expansion plans, reporting back with any further updates.

Varjo Reveals Mixed Reality Headset, the XR-1 Developer Edition

Not content with launching its $6000 USD human eye resolution virtual reality (VR) headset the VR-1 back in February, Finnish hardware manufacturer Varjo has just announced a new device called the XR-1 Developer Edition.

Varjo XR-1

Just like its forebear, the Varjo XR-1 Developers Edition will be solely aimed at the enterprise market, but unlike the VR-1 this new device is a mixed reality (MR) headset. This means Varjo is planning to take on the MR goliaths that are Microsoft and HoloLens 2, plus Magic Leap and its Magic Leap One Creators Edition.

The culmination of two and a half years of intensive R&D at Varjo, the XR-1 delivers photorealistic image quality with integrated eye tracking. In a press release, Varjo claims: “The dream of ‘Hard AR’ (where you can no longer tell apart what is real and what is virtual) has at last been achieved in a professional product.”

In fact, the XR-1 is an upgrade to the VR-1, adding a front plate featuring dual 12 mp cameras, capable of producing high resolution with < 15 ms latency. It’s so fast that Volvo has been testing the headset whilst driving cars, with XR-1 prototypes being used to aid workflow since the summer of 2018. Volvo has been that impressed with the device that as of May 2019, Varjo will receive an investment by the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. Additionally, Varjo claims an 82 x 82 degrees field of view (FoV) which would make it the class leader.

Varjo XR-1

“XR-1 brings all the convenience of seeing your body as well as the real world around you and being able to look at your colleagues while designing a virtual object or environment,” said Urho Konttori, Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Varjo. “The XR-1 can show mixed reality with true-to-life fidelity you can only achieve using video-pass- through. Lifelike mixed reality is quite literally impossible to achieve with optical-see-through systems like HoloLens.”

Varjo hasn’t said how much the XR-1 Developers Edition will cost but as its an upgraded VR-1 it isn’t going to be cheap. Shipments of the cutting-edge headset to mixed reality developers, designers and researchers is expected to begin in the latter half of 2019. As VRFocus learns more about the Varjo XR-1 we’ll let you know.

The Varjo VR-1 is a $6000 Headset With 20/20 Human Eye Resolution

Having completed a $31 million USD Series B investment last October, Varjo Technologies has today announced the launch of its enterprise-focused virtual reality (VR) headset, the Varjo VR-1.

Varjo VR–1
Image credit: Varjo Technologies

The Varjo VR-1 has been designed as an industrial grade head-mounted display (HMD), ideal for those professionals who work in training and simulation, architecture, industrial design, engineering and construction. Two of the main features the company is touting is the Bionic Display and eye tracking technology.

Varjo’s Bionic Display is in actuallity two screens, the main ‘Context screen’ which delivers 1440×1600 per eye – similar to a HTC Vive Pro – and then a microdisplay or ‘focal screen’  which delivers a resolution of 60 pixels per degree (or 3000ppi) – which Varjo claims is the equivalent of 20/20 vision in humans. As the image below demonstrates this can make VR look amazing, although the field of view (FoV) only comes in at 87-degrees.

As for eye tracking, the Varjo VR-1 uses the company’s own in-house 20/20 Eye Tracker system, ‘enabling high-precision analytics and interaction’ claims Varjo.

“Premium cars can only be made with premium tools. To design in virtual reality, we need the high resolution of the Varjo device. With this high resolution there is a seamless transfer between the real world and the virtual world,” said Jan Pflueger, Coordination Augmented & Virtual Reality at Audi in a statement.

Varjo VR–1
A pixel comparison between HTC Vive Pro (left) and Varjo VR-1 (right). Image credit: Varjo Technologies

“The entire Varjo team has been hard at work for 2+ years to make nothing less than the best headset on the planet,” said Urho Konttori, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Varjo. “Nothing has been left to chance, nothing has been compromised and we are delighted that the response from our partners has been overwhelmingly positive. VR-1 marks the start of a new era in virtual reality for professionals.”

Supporting both SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 tracking, the Varjo VR-1 is compatible with software including Epic Games’ Unreal Engine and Unity. The headset retails for $5995 USD with an additional yearly service license of $995 USD. Sales and shipping of the VR-1 starts immediately in 34 countries including North America, Europe as well as Hong Kong. As you may expect for the price, the Varjo VR-1 is only available for businesses and academic institutions.

For any further updates, keep reading VRFocus.

Technical Specifications:

  • Resolution:
    Bionic Display™ with human-eye resolution (over 60 PPD / 3000 PPI)
    Combining 1920×1080 low persistence micro-OLED and 1440×1600 low persistence AMOLED
  • Optics:
    Dual lens design combining different refractive index lenses for minimal color aberrations, zero ghost rays, and minimal reflections. Each surface coating has been methodically designed to maximise brightness and clarity of the light fusion needed to achieve human-eye resolution.
  • Colours:
    Contrast ratio at over 10 000:1 enabling the deepest blacks
    Individually calibrated colors, delivering outstanding accuracy & image quality
  • Eye tracking:
    20/20 Eye Tracker™ with industry-leading accuracy and precision even with eye glasses
    Automatic IPD adjustment
  • Field of view:
    87 degrees
  • Connectivity:
    Thin and light optical fiber cabling of 10-meter length with USB-C
    Link Box for easy connection with PC
  • Tracking:
    Compatible with SteamVR™ Tracking 1.0 and 2.0
  • Comfort & wearability:
    Active airflow system
    Detachable head strap & adjustable headband
    Easily replaceable face cushions in two different sizes
    Can be used with glasses
  • Weight:
    605g (including headband 905g)
  • Mixed Reality:
    Upgradeable with Varjo Mixed Reality Add-on, available in 2019