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Varjo launches XR-3 and VR-3 Headsets with Next Generation Hand Tracking

Posted; December 1, 2020

1 December 2020, 9:00 am ET – Varjo™, the leader in high-performance VR/XR hardware and software, today announced the launch of its latest human-eye resolution VR/XR headsets - XR-3 and VR-3 -  integrated with Ultraleap’s fifth generation hand tracking, known as Gemini. 

This is the first integration of Gemini into a VR/XR headset. Varjo users get the fastest, most accurate, and most robust hand tracking with superior performance in key areas such as initialization, pose accuracy, and occlusion handling. Gemini is the first hand tracking platform from Ultraleap which does not require Ultraleap hardware.  

Varjo XR3 and VR3 headsets floating mid-air

 As demand for virtual and mixed reality use cases continues to rise, particularly as much of the world continues to work remotely, the latest offerings from Varjo deliver the cutting-edge tools needed to scale VR/XR adoption within every industry. Featuring human-eye resolution, a 115° field of view, integrated hand tracking, XR-3 inside-out tracking and pixel perfect mixed reality depth awareness, professional users can perform at their highest level in a fully immersive environment. 

Steve Cliffe, CEO and President of  Ultraleap, said: “We are very proud to support Varjo as they launch their latest products with our world leading hand tracking. Varjo’s XR-3 and VR-3 headsets will be the first that bring our fifth-generation hand tracking, known as Gemini, to life. They also mark the first mixed reality headset with our hand tracking. These are big milestones, not just for Ultraleap and Varjo, but for the industry as a whole, and demonstrate the progress that is being made to create better, more natural XR experiences.”

Urho Konttori, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Varjo, said: “Building on the success of Ultraleap’s hand tracking in Varjo’s flagship VR-2 Pro headset, I’m very excited to be bringing the very best hand tracking to our new, 3rd generation devices for professionals. We work across industries where absolute precision is necessary, including training and simulation, design, engineering, medical and research. By combining Varjo’s unsurpassed visual fidelity and Ultraleap’s hand tracking, we’re giving customers the most advanced, zero-compromise devices on the market. With our highest-performance Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 headsets, Varjo is setting the new standard for professional immersive computing and paving the way for a collaborative, cloud-enabled mixed reality workplace.” 

The XR-3 and VR-3 unlock new professional applications and make photorealistic virtual and mixed reality more accessible than ever. The new headsets provide pilots and flight crews with an unmatched level of realism that replicates the exact feeling and conditions needed for rigorous training and simulation. Designers and creatives can experience perfect 3D visualizations – meaning textures, reflections, colors, text, curvature and angles in shapes can be seen in stunning clarity with the widest color gamut of any headset. Lastly, first responders or surgical teams can train together in an immersive reality, improving ways of working, communication and readiness for any medical scenario. 

3 people with Varjo XR3 headsets on with Kia car

The Varjo XR-3 is available for enterprise purchase for $5,495 (USD and Euros) together with Varjo Subscription, which starts at $1,495 (USD and Euros) for a required one-year base subscription. The Varjo VR-3 can be purchased for $3,195 (USD and Euros) along with a one year subscription starting at $795. With a new price point of the headsets, Varjo is accelerating organizations’ ability to bring immersive technology into the workplace. 

Both the XR-3 and VR-3 headsets are available for order immediately on varjo.com or through one of the more than 35 authorized resellers in the company’s global reseller network. Shipments start in early 2021. 

Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 come with a licensing model for users where you are fully licensed for commercial use of Ultraleap hand tracking. 

Person wearing Varjo headset

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About Ultraleap
Ultraleap’s world-leading hand tracking and unrivalled mid-air haptic technologies allow you to engage with the digital world naturally - without touching surfaces. No touchscreens. No controllers. No keypads. From enhancing 2D screens to developing fully immersive 3D experiences, Ultraleap powers natural, safe and effortless digital interaction in the increasingly connected world.

Ultraleap employs more than 150 people across Europe, North America and Asia. It has become the first to offer the full vertical stack of software and hardware to enable spatial computing for the automotive, out of home, industrial, XR, entertainment and medical sectors.

About Varjo

Varjo (pronounced var-yo) is based in Helsinki and is creating the world’s most advanced XR/VR hardware and software for professional use, merging the real and virtual worlds seamlessly together in human-eye resolution. 

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