Tobii eye tracking integrated into Pico’s new ‘Neo 2 Eye’ Virtual Reality headset

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January 6, 2020 – Pico Interactive has recently announced its two newest standalone VR headsets, the Neo 2 and the Neo 2 Eye – the latter of which integrates advanced eye tracking technology from Tobii, and has been designed primarily for enterprise use.

Commenting on Pico’s latest release, Anand Srivatsa, CEO of Tobii Tech, said: “With the Neo 2 Eye, Pico has combined the benefits of Tobii eye tracking with smart design choices and the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile XR Platform.” Srivatsa added, “The result is an innovative and flexible device that sets a clear standard for enterprise-focused standalone VR headsets.”

Pico CEO, Henry Zhou stated: “The Neo 2 Eye is a VR headset built for business, offering excellent visual quality, great support, and sophisticated design,” adding, “The addition of Tobii eye tracking leads to a more intuitive interface and better graphics performance. Additionally, eye tracking enables user insights that add significant value to use cases such as training and education.”

The new Pico Neo 2 Eye is the first commercially available headset to feature both Tobii eye tracking and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile XR Platform together.

“Qualcomm Technologies is focused on transforming the way people connect and communicate using XR,” said Hugo Swart, Vice President and Head of XR, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to be working with Pico and Tobii to help raise the bar for creating great user experiences using our XR technology and Tobii’s high quality gaze interactions to provide enterprise customers with intuitive and visually-immersive interactions.”

Tobii states that the benefits its eye tracking brings to the Neo 2 Eye include:

  • Improved graphics and longer battery life – Powered by Tobii Spotlight Technology, dynamic foveated rendering on the Neo 2 Eye helps to increase framerates by up to 66% and reduce shading loads by up to 72%*;
  • Actionable insights – The Neo 2 Eye can provide important insights regarding user behavior for purposes such as training and assessment, simulation, knowledge and skills transfer, and customer research;
  • Immersive and intuitive – With Tobii eye tracking, gaze becomes a natural form of input for the device making even simple interactions such as menu navigation and selection feel seamless and responsive. Additionally, Tobii states that eye tracking technology can help to enhance social interaction in virtual meetings and environments, leading to increased immersion and providing a true sense of presence;
  • One device fits all – Tobii’s integrated eye tracking solution ensures that the Neo 2 Eye works for the widest possible population of users, including people with glasses and contact lenses. As a result, Neo 2 Eye is inclusive, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy devices throughout an organization.

For more information about Tobii eye tracking in the Pico Neo 2 Eye VR headset, click here.

*Data from the benchmarking test based on dynamic foveation in Tobii’s demo environment “Spot’s Apartment” and conducted on Pico Neo 2 Eye.

Image credit: Tobii

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Sam Sprigg

Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he has been covering XR industry news for the past seven years.