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IFA 2017: Immersive VR made easy with Lenovo Explorer

By Michael Low - on 1 Sep 2017, 2:30am

IFA 2017: Immersive VR made easy with Lenovo Explorer

While there is still a way to go with Lenovo's Daydream VR headset, Microsoft's strong push for its Windows Mixed Reality platform led to the reveal of a range of attractively-priced VR headsets a couple of days ahead of IFA 2017. One such headset is the Lenovo Explorer, which aims to deliver on four fronts: ease of setup, ergonomics, low barrier of entry, and strong content library.

The Lenovo Explorer weighs a mere 380g, with two motion-tracking cameras on the front to provide inside-out tracking. <br>Image source: Lenovo.

Through the use of inside-out tracking technology, the Lenovo Explorer removes the need for external sensors, and instead relies on two built-in motion-tracking cameras to accurately track your physical position, along with the optional motion controllers. Cable management is also kept to the minimum, as users only need to connect a USB 3.0 cable and HDMI cable to a PC with the Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update installed. 

Front and back paddings aside, the Lenovo Explorer also allows for one-handed adjustment via the rear knob.

According to Lenovo, the Bluetooth-connected motion controllers provide six degrees of freedom, but users can always rely on the good ol' keyboard and mouse, Xbox controller, or Cortana voice commands for their input needs. Specification-wise, the headset comes equipped with a pair of 2.89-inch LCD screens that are 1,440-by-1,440 pixel resolution each, followed by a 110-degree field of view, along with built-in P sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer.

The USB 3.0 and HDMI cables are routed through the side.

Minecraft will be supported, including more than 100 VR-ready titles, ranging from holo-tours, Xbox games, 3D videos, 360-degree videos,  4K videos, and more.

A closer look at the motion controllers.

Local pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

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