Varjo, a Finish technology company best known for its advanced virtual and mixed reality headsets, has just unveiled its Varjo Reality Cloud platform. In combination with the Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 headsets, the platform enables photorealistic virtual teleportation.
More specifically, one Varjo Reality Cloud user can scan her surrounding using the Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 headsets and share the scanned environment with another user, bridging the boundary between real and virtual.
“We believe that Varjo’s vision for the metaverse will elevate humanity during the next decade more than any other technology in the world,” stated Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo. “What we’re building with our vision for the Varjo Reality Cloud will release our physical reality from the laws of physics. The programmable world that once existed only behind our screens can now merge with our surrounding reality—forever changing the choreography of everyday life.”
The most obvious use case for the technology is remote collaboration, whose importance has grown considerably since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. But being able to instantly teleport to any location could also bring friends and loved ones closer together, allow teachers to more effectively educate their students outside the classroom, or blur the boundaries that separate people from different nations, just to give some examples.
The technologies that make all this possible are the direct result of many years of research and development by Varjo, and they include human-eye resolution optics that allow a completely realistic portrayal of the world in VR, low-latency video pass-through that digitizes the world with minimal delay, highly accurate eye tracking, and Varjo’s foveated transport algorithm.
Alpha access to Varjo Reality Cloud will open to selected customers later this year. Initially, Varjo Reality Cloud will work only with the Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 headsets, but the company would eventually like to open its platform to anybody, on any device.