Pimax announces three new ‘ruggedized’ VR headset models at GTC 2019

March 21, 2019 – Pimax has announced a business-focused ‘ruggedized’ version of its latest 8K Series of virtual reality headsets and brought samples of the new edition to GTC 2019 this week. In partnership with Ecoplants, which focuses on 3D scanning for Physically Based Rendering (PBR) material, Pimax demonstrated the commercial VR application in the fields of education and architecture, and the company is aiming to bring VR2.0 to the business market with the new versions of its headset.

The three new models of the company’s B2B focused edition headsets are the Pimax 8K RE, 5K Plus RE and 5K OLED RE (the RE standing for ‘ruggedization’). The headsets have maintained a 200-degree diagonal field of view, high resolution, and modular expandability with 2 expansion ports, but are also built with numerous hardware ruggedization features for commercial use and come with a dedicated support package.

With the new commercial models, Pimax now offers two different product lines, with the 8K RE, 5K+ RE and 5K OLED RE focused on commercial applications, and the company’s existing Pimax 8K, 5K Plus and 5K XR comprising the consumer line and being focused towards the consumer marketplace. Pimax stated that its new RE line of devices are likely best suited for high traffic locations that include location-based entertainment venues, educational and training institutions, museums, and any application where avoiding down-time is key, and turnover of headset use is frequent.

In conjunction with the launch of Pimax’ new headset models, this year Ecoplants will be creating new tools and content that will help enhance Pimax for bringing VR to the commercial market. Ecoplants focuses on the 3D Scanning for PBR Material for the creation of 3D assets, and has developed its own work-flow and technology to produce 3D models. the company has built up its asset library and has licensed to education institutes in China. The library includes hundreds of models of Chinese medicine, plants, furniture and related materials, which Ecoplants hopes to use to further target education, filming and gaming industries.

Kevin Henderson, Head of US Operations and Spokesperson for Pimax VR, said: “With the announcement of our new RE series, our goal is to redefine the value proposition for ruggedized B2B VR headsets to encourage and promote powerful commercial use cases together with our current and future customers. We believe that in partnership with more innovative companies like Ecoplants, we will be able to achieve the goal of delivering VR2.0 to the business market.”

Pimax and Ecoplants were co-exhibiting at GTC 2019 in San Jose, USA this week.

Image credit: Pimax

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