The new AI and standalone upgrade Immersed Visor is arriving in the Black Friday deal

Immersed is upgrading its 4K Visor headset ahead of its 2024 launch, adding a standalone mode, an AI assistant and more. The price remains $750 for a limited time Black Friday deal.

The Immersed Visor is a lightweight 4K per eye VR headset with eye, hand and head tracking. When the Visor was announced in August, it was a PC VR headset that required a PC connection.

We found out in September that the Visor will have a very clear pass-through camera so you can see your surroundings. It connects to your computer via USB-C but also works wirelessly. Immersed developed an external battery pack with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.

Now, Immersed is adding a standalone mode with a built-in web browser, an immersive home theater mode, an AI assistant, and more. For a limited time, the price will remain at $750, but will increase to $950 after Black Friday, November 24, 2023.

The question is whether the upgrades are worth the extra cost. Here are the details.

Immersive visor upgrade

Immersive Visor is designed for productivity. In fact, it was supposed to run just one native app, a well-rated virtual desktop app called Immersed.

It connects to your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer so you can run your most powerful productivity apps in a multi-screen mixed reality view. However, a single app seems a bit restrictive. This changes with the latest upgrade.

The immersive traversal view shows multiple virtual screens. | Image: Immersed

Visor now includes a web browser, an immersive home theater, and support for OpenXR apps. This means that VR gaming may be possible with 4K displays in each Visor.

The App Store won’t be there at launch, but you can run other apps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Immersed app store in the future, as it benefits both developers and users.

The visor has a battery life of 30 minutes. Immersed previously announced a two-hour battery, and a new four-hour battery is planned, allowing you to spend more time away from your computer and use it longer in standalone mode.

The visor is like a sports sunglasses supported by a nose pad and earpiece. Its sleek design looks beautiful, but it also has a headband for long-lasting comfort. Immersed has improved the original strap design and claims to set a new standard for comfort. The original was a simple back strap. Immersed has not shared images of the new design.

The prototype hasn’t been widely shared, and we haven’t heard any reports of long-term usability. Since Immersed claims the Visor will be as light as a phone, it should be much more comfortable than a typical VR headset weighing around a pound.

Every new tech product must have artificial intelligence, and a tap on the side of the immersive visor activates the “Curator” assistant. Few details are known, but the press release says the AI ​​will “help you perform simple tasks in a virtual environment, allowing you to focus on more valuable tasks with less effort.”

Immersed also boasts that the Visor has upgraded tracking cameras that allow for “extraordinarily high accuracy.” Finger pinch gestures will be supported in the user interface as well as eye tracking.

A person controlling an immersive visor with a pinch gesture. | Image: Immersed

In its latest press release, Immersed made a bold comparison, stating:[the Visor] It will offer a more premium experience, similar to the Apple Vision Pro, but at less than a third of the price. , or a Linux computer.

Visor as a space computer

The problem with standalone VR headsets is that they are often underpowered. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 is a great solution for low-power headsets and smart glasses. Despite the age of the chip, it is still chosen for many new products.

Space computing devices using the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 include the Nimo Planet computing core for smart glasses, Rokid’s Station Pro, and Xiaomi’s AR Glass Discovery Edition.

The Immersed Visor is on a table next to a laptop computer. | Image: Immersed

The Immersed Visor will use the new Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chip. This is the same high-performance mixed reality processor used in Meta’s Quest 3. The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 is much faster than the original XR2, but slower than the M2 chip in Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro.

Based on the available specifications, Visor should be powerful enough to run browser applications well, covering many productivity needs. The Quest 3 can be used as a laptop alternative for light office work, although the screen resolution is a bit low and some applications are not available. Quest’s biggest problem is its browser, which is very limited.

However, Immersed Visor is not dependent on native apps and functions independently. If you need more functionality or want to use a special program not available natively, you can connect to any computer via cable or wireless.

Profile view of a person wearing the Immersive Visor. | Image: Immersed

With any unreleased device, it’s wise to exercise caution. Immersed is a reputable software developer that relies on partnerships with Qualcomm, Intel and an unnamed “tech giant” to produce the Visor. It looks great on paper and looks good in photos, but we haven’t tried the Immersed Visor and haven’t heard any third-party experiences yet.

If you’re intrigued and can shell out $750 for the Standard Edition or $1,000 for the Founders Edition, you’ll get all the features listed above at the original Black Friday sale price. On November 25, 2023, the price will increase by $200 to $950 (Visor 4K) and $1,250 (Visor 4K FE).

You can pre-order the Immersed Visor VR headset here.

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