Wisear partners with PICO to bring neural-based hands & voice-free controls to VR

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May 30, 2023 – Wisear, a Paris-based deep-tech startup and developer of neural interface-powered products for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) users, has announced that it has partnered up with PICO, a manufacturer of VR devices and solutions, to bring a new level of immersive interaction to PICO VR headsets.

The collaboration will be officially unveiled this week at Augmented World Expo (AWE), the world’s largest AR/VR conference, taking place in Santa Clara, California, from May 31 to June 2, 2023.

Thanks to Wisear’s neural interface-powered earphones, PICO users can now benefit from a hands- and voice-free VR experience that offers high-speed, accessible and private controls, according to the company, which added that the seamless interaction will enable users to fully immerse themselves in their VR experiences without any constraints.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with PICO and offer a new generation of controls that VR users truly deserve,” said Yacine Achiakh, CEO of Wisear. “Over the past 30 years, we have moved from a computer with a keyboard and mouse as an input to a smartphone with a touchscreen. As the next generation of the platform is coming, and VR headsets are on the horizon, a new mix of human-computer interfaces needs to be designed. Through this collaboration with PICO, we validated the compatibility of our neural-based smart earphones with a best-in-class headset like the PICO Neo 3 Pro and the added benefit for users. We hope to set a new standard for the VR industry and offer a more accessible and seamless way for users to experience VR.”

Alizé Amrani, Enterprise Marketing Manager EMEAI at PICO, added, “We, at PICO, are proud to offer leading innovative and advanced VR solutions on the market. This collaboration with Wisear highlights the full potential of PICO’s products, demonstrating how VR users will benefit from hands- and voice-free controls in the future. We look forward to seeing what developers and users will create with this technology.”

Wisear stated that its collaboration with PICO showcases many benefits to users, including:

  • A seamless and intuitive way to interact with VR environments;
  • Hands- and voice-free controls for a more immersive experience;
  • High-speed and accessible interactions, ideal for organizations and business applications;
  • Private controls for more confidential applications.

From managing notifications in a professional environment to navigating entertainment platforms or enhancing the gaming experience, Wisear states that its technology makes moving between the AR/VR and real worlds easier.

Wisear will be showcasing the compatibility of its smart earphones with the PICO Neo 3 Pro VR headset this week at AWE, where attendees will be able to test the companies’ solutions.

For more information on Wisear and its neural interface-powered earphones, click here. To learn more about PICO and its virtual reality headsets, including the PICO Neo 3 Pro click here.

Image credit: Wisear / PICO

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