September 30, 2020 – Technology company HP Inc. has today unveiled its HP Omnicept Solution, bringing the company’s new intelligent VR headset and a developer focused SDK into a single platform, equipping VR software developers with an ecosystem to create new hyper-personalized, engaging, and adaptive VR experiences for enterprises. The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition VR headset enables real-time human insights that HP states will help to improve training and education outcomes as well as enhance collaboration and design.
The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition and the Omnicept SDK are designed to curate more human and personal experiences with technology, as well as transform how developers drive change and increase efficiency in enterprises by adding data for more insightful analysis.
HP stated that as the VR landscape evolves to keep pace with how people interact with technology and the world around them in order to stay and feel connected (e.g. facial expression and body language), new immersive tools are required for better remote collaboration in design and development workflows.
“We’ve designed a powerful, adaptive VR solution to dramatically accelerate the use cases for VR, its potential to transform society, and the way we interact with technology,” said Jim Nottingham, General Manager and Global Head, Advanced Compute and Solutions at HP Inc. “The HP Omnicept Solution will open new possibilities for VR development and its impact on enterprise training, remote education, collaboration, research and development, and specialized wellbeing. This type of data-driven approach will be fundamental to creating user-centric experiences for better VR in the future.”
The company added that the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition device is built with a “highly secure pipeline for protecting end-user privacy.” The headset’s firmware safeguards sensor data at every moment of capture and no data is stored in the headset, according to HP. Omnicept-powered applications also help ensure the capture and transfer of data comply with general data protection regulation (GDPR) requirements and keep user data confidential.
Sensors on the headset, including eye tracking from Tobii, heart rate, pupillometry, and face camera, enable the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition to capture a user’s physiological responses. The integrated Omnicept SDK, powered by machine learning algorithms, then interprets this data and allows developers to create a user-centric VR experience that provides actionable insights into how end users engage and respond during an experience.
As a result, experiences built by product designers and developers for training, design, wellness, and research become data-driven, adapting to users in real-time via objective metrics vs. subjective feedback, according to HP.
Commenting on the device’s eye tracking system, Anand Srivatsa, Division CEO of Tobii Tech, said: “We are proud to partner with HP to deliver cutting-edge technology to the market. Integrated with Tobii Eye Tracking, this VR headset will enable adaptive and intelligent XR experiences that will greatly benefit customers in a wide range of industries. This engagement is another important strategic step in establishing eye tracking as a foundational technology in VR and demonstrates Tobii’s position as the leading supplier of eye tracking technology for VR.“
HP Reverb Omnicept Editions features include:
- Reverb G2 DNA: Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition builds on the foundation of the HP Reverb G2 headset, delivering high resolution optics, inside-out tracking, spatial 3D audio, and improved controllers with natural gestures;
- Eye Motion and Gaze: Grants understanding of how a user is responding to content based on their eye focus area, as well as understanding of engagement levels, based on where a user instinctively looks;
- Facial Expression: Enables naturally expressive avatars while collaborating around 3D designs for more natural and engaging conversations;
- Heart Rate: Allows developers to understand how a user is responding to an experience or training, based on their heart rate;
- Foveated Rendering: With integrated eye tracking, the HMD is able to discern a user’s gaze direction, enabling a reduction in GPU load and improved image quality within the user’s foveal region, and helping to enhance VR realism.
Pricing and availability
HP stated that the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition is expected to be available in Spring 2021. Pricing will be shared closer to product availability. The HP Omnicept SDK is also expected to be available in Spring 2021 and will include a flexible business model. For more information on options, please click here.
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