Rokid Debuts Project Aurora AR Glasses using Fortnite at CES 2019
Augmented reality (AR) smartglasses at present tend to be much more focused on enterprise solutions – education, training etc – than consumer-based entertainment like virtual reality (VR) tends to be. At CES 2018, Rokid unveiled its first product, Rokid Glass, to support business. For CES 2019, the company has now unveiled Project Aurora, looking to bridge that gap into the consumer sphere.
Unlike expensive AR headsets like Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap, Project Aurora doesn’t have its own computer built in. Being consumer-oriented the headset connects via USB to a users mobile device to extend their gaming or entertainment experience hence why the company is using popular battle royale videogame Fortnite as a demo.
Designed as a new way for consumers to interact with their digital content – not just from smartphones but laptops, game consoles and tablets – Project Aurora offers a 1280×720 high-resolution display, 6DoF tracking and SLAM, Dual depth cameras, stereo speakers and a 40-degree field of view (FoV).
“With the mission of extending mobile device capabilities and experiences, we’re excited to announce Rokid’s Project Aurora,” said Reynold Wu, Head of Product and Business Operations for Rokid U.S. in a statement. “By leveraging the ever-increasing computing power of mobile devices, Project Aurora supplements these robust experiences by providing a lightweight form factor, industry-leading display quality, and multimodal handsfree input. Project Aurora will connect consumers to rich, immersive AR content and experiences that were previously unattainable with such a lightweight smartglass, and we’re excited to share how the future looks through it.”
Project Aurora will be compatible with most computing devices: including Android phones, Nintendo Switch, iPad pro and more. As with a lot of new tech revealed at CES 2019, there’s no price or details on when the device might be made available.
In a secondary announcement, Rokid has also revealed that Rokid Glass has been improved since its debut a year ago. The latest version has seen a 40 percent reduction in weight, bringing it down to 120 grams, and that Rokid Glass is nearing mass-production with plans to begin shipping in spring of 2019.
As Rokid continues development of Project Aurora, VRFocus will keep you updated with its latest developments.