Complemented and virtual realities are taking place more and more firmly in reality is quite ordinary. In the sense that there are more and more new devices designed to immerse people in the digital world. It's certainly not Tron with its digital perfection (well, almost), but somewhere near it.
HP has been working on improving VR technology for quite some time, and the other day it showed its new development – a backpack Virtual reality HP Z VR. Generally speaking, it is a powerful computer that is able to work autonomously, so that a person, holding the system behind his back, can move relatively freely, being in a virtual environment. Why is this necessary?
According to the developers, HP Z VR is simply an ideal system for training people. First of all, we are talking about the military. But with the "backpack virtual reality" can work doctors, employees of technical support of various companies, workers of industrial enterprises, drivers, astronauts and representatives of other specialties. Some operations performed by professionals, and who need to train beginners, are very complex. As a result, the price of the error is too great, so training people in virtual reality in such situations is an ideal solution. Among such operations – surgery, some industrial processes, the study of explosive devices, docking spacecraft and much more.
HP is the first company to position its VR system as commercial, professional, not gaming. For the most part, VR is now used for games, although there are a lot of exceptions. By the way, the backpack is perfectly protected from dust, water and physical influences. So the same soldier can not be afraid to flop into the water with HP Z VR behind him.
Characteristics of the device
- OS: Windows 10 Pro 64;
- Processor and Graphics:
- Intel Core i7-7820HQ: 4C / 8T, 2.9GHz, vPro
- Intel HD Graphics 630;
- Chipset: Intel QM175;
- RAM: 2 SODIMM / up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 non-ECC;
- Discrete Video: NVIDIA Quadro P5200 16 GB for outputting images to external monitors;
- RealTek ALC3866-CG;
- Network: Realtek RTL8153B Gigabit Port + Intel AC 8265 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2×2);
- Expansion slots: 1 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x1 (WLAN / BT only);
- Ports: 1 x VR Power Port, 2 x USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
- 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x mDP 1.3, 1 x TB3 Type-C, 1 x audio jack, 2 x USB 3.0 (5 Gbps), power;
- Power: 330W;
- Dimensions and weight: 33.3 x 23.6 x 6.09 cm, 4.65 kg.
Of course, such a miracle of technology can not be cheap. So it is, the system's price is $ 3299, you can buy it already in September.
One must assume that these VR backpacks are hardly likely to be bought at first, potential customers will first want to test them in their work. And here there are no problems, HP suggests doing it in its "dive centers", where different models of VR systems will be exhibited.
Another interesting news concerns cooperation with HTC. Partners have developed a commercial version of HTC Vive, which for "hardware" is no different from the usual, consumer version. But the software is different, applications for video glasses are "sharpened" for commercial use. When buying a license for 1 year.
Finally, HP released a specialized VR application called HP Mars Home Planet. This is a free multi-user software platform that allows you to create projects of the colony on Mars. The maximum capacity of such a colony is more than 1 million people. The program uses NASA photos, so users will see some regions of the Red Planet exactly as they are in reality.
It's worth noting that HP is not the first company to offer portable systems for VR customers. In the past, his "shoulder computer" was shown in MSI. This powerful PC is called VR Backpack. Inside it – a graphics adapter GeForce GTX980, a productive mobile processor Intel Core i7 (6th generation) and a motherboard Z170. Weight of the system in full configuration is 5 kilograms. There are similar projects for other techno companies. However, so far only HP has decided to position its VR-backpack as a commercial device, rather than a purely entertainment device.