Published on October 1st, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Headset Features Eye Tracking, Face Cam, And Heart Rate Sensor
It’s encouraging that VR device companies are increasingly focusing on enterprise use cases. Consumer versions continue to grow, albeit slowly, for games and VR collaboration but I have to believe that the big adoption will come from the business world. HP announced their enterprise version of Reverb called HP Reverb G2 Omnicept (a mouthful) and Kyle Melnick has an overview at VRScout about the product. HP also announced an SDK for developers to get creating new apps. But HP, like Oculus and others, will need to provide solutions that are affordable, provide a good UX, have a strong development process and be scalable. A tall order but certainly achievable.
HP today announced the latest addition to its growing lineup of PC VR headsets, the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition, an even more powerful rendition of the previously-announced HP Reverb G2 designed specifically for use by developer and enterprise clients. What makes the Omnicept Edition so unique compared to the consumer and business-focused Reverb G2, you ask?
It all comes down to the new Omnicept Solution Ecosystem, which is composed of the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition headset, the HP Omnicept SDK, and ISV XR Application Partners.
HP REVERB G2 OMNICEPT EDITION
According to HP, the Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition was designed around four specific use-cases: training, collaboration, creation, and well-being. In order to accomplish these diverse objectives, the enterprise-focused headset has been outfitted with a number of game-changing features. The first of which being built-in eye-tracking technology capable of monitoring the wearer’s eye movements while in-headset. From an enterprise and developer perspective, this technology could prove to be a well of information in regards to user behavior.
In addition to eye-tracking, the Omnicept Edition also features what HP claims to be the “first” built-in face camera on a VR headset. This additional tracker, which is located beneath the headset near the wearers’ mouth, is capable of tracking various lip movements and facial expressions, allowing for more natural face-to-face encounters in VR as opposed to the stoic encounters we’re used to.
Finally, there’s the heart rate tracker. Yes, the heart rate tracker. Located near the wearer’s forehead, a nifty little sensor can be used to capturer the wearers’ heart rate in real-time. HP hopes this could prove useful when it comes to well-being applications. During the virtual announcement, HP explained how the technology could be used in tandem with the headsets’ various other tracking capabilities to monitor a wearers’ stress throughout various experiences, offering developers better insight into what parts of their projects users find the most relaxing and or stressful.
Other than these additional sensors, the Omnicept features the same core design and visual capabilities as the standard Reverb G2, the lone exception being the return of the classic ratcheting headband featured on OG Windows Mixed Reality headsets.