Today at the [email protected] Global Press Conference at IFA, Acer announced its new Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset, the Acer OJO 500. The new headset features a one-of-a-kind detachable design that offers superior flexibility, comfort, and hygiene for consumers and businesses.
“The Acer OJO 500 brings several significant new features to this class of Windows Mixed Reality headsets,” said Andrew Chuang, General Manager, Presence Computing, IT Products Business, Acer Inc.
“We’ve improved the user experience with innovative visual and audio technologies and made the headset more comfortable and easier than ever to use.”
The First Windows Mixed Reality Headset to Feature a Detachable Design
The Acer OJO 500’s unique design enables the lens and head strap to be individually removed, making the headset easy to store and clean. This is especially beneficial for businesses who want to provide customers with clean headwear for each use.
Available with either a hard or soft head strap, both provide a snug yet comfortable fit. The soft head strap is machine washable2, and the extra-large padding on the hard head strap helps the headset fit securely and firmly in place.
In addition, the mask can be flipped up, eliminating the need to remove the entire headset to answer the phone or converse with people in the room.
IPD Wheel Enables Customized Viewing
For maximum clarity, the Acer OJO 500 includes a built-in interpupillary distance (IPD) wheel and a patented smart phone app to measure IPD distance (the gap between the eye’s pupil and the display).
The software-assisted IPD measurement app, Acer IPD Meter, along with Acer IPD Indicator software lets the wearer modify this distance for sharper, clearer images and a more enjoyable experience.
Two front-hinged 2.89-inch high-resolution liquid crystal displays provide a wide 100 degree field of view and deliver a 2880 x 1440 resolution. A fast refresh rate of up to 90Hz delivers clear and realistic images for an immersive mixed reality experience.
Integrated Audio System Eliminates the Need for Earphones
In a first for VR headsets, the integrated audio system uses a patented sound pipe design that directs sound from the built-in speakers toward the wearer’s ears.
The unique design means users can hear audio without wearing earphones, enabling them to remain aware of the surroundings while still enjoying an immersive experience.
This is ideal for use in public spaces where users may not want to be totally cut off from their surroundings. The integrated audio system consists of embedded speakers, a patented sound pipe, and a built-in mic array.
Customers that require more privacy and deeper immersion can use the built-in earphones that come with the hard head strap, or an earphone of their own choice with the soft head strap.
Easy Set Up with Inside-Out Tracking
Featuring inside-out tracking, the camera is on the headset so there is no need to drill holes in a wall or set up extraneous hardware. As soon as the headset connects to a Windows Mixed Reality-ready PC, it installs the required software.
Setup is quick and easy taking about 10 minutes. The 6 degrees of freedom positional tracking includes forward/back, up/down, and left/right as well as pitch, yaw and roll.
The headset comes with a 4 meter (13 feet) cable allowing a wide range of movement, and connects to a PC via HDMI 2.0, while a USB 3.0 connector downloads data.
Motion Controllers Included
The Acer OJO 500 comes in an optional configuration that includes two Bluetooth enabled motion controllers that sync with the headset; a Windows 10 button, touchpad, and grab button to let users interact with digital objects in mixed reality.
Windows Mixed Reality
As a Windows Mixed Reality headset, there are currently more than 2,500 games and applications available for the Acer OJO 500 between the Steam VR and the Microsoft Store platforms. It requires a compatible Windows-based PC; requirements can be checked here.
The Acer OJO 500 will be available in North America in November, starting at $399; and in EMEA in November, starting at €499.