HP unveiled a virtual reality headset that combines high-fidelity VR with biometric measurements and artificial intelligence. The upgraded edition of its Reverb G2 headset will measure eye, face, and lip movement, heart rate, and use data and algorithms to determine cognitive load, or how overwhelming a virtual task is for players.
- The Omnicept Edition, which is targeting a spring 2021 release, is geared toward large, progressive businesses that could use it for employee training and data analysis.
- The headset's "inference engine" will measure a user's behavior and attention based on the sensor data and potentially change to accommodate the user's needs over time.
- It will initially measure a person's cognitive load and could help provide data about the user during training sessions. Emotional interactions with virtual reality avatars "could be next."
- The Omnicept will have the same specs, generally, as the HP Reverb G2, which is expected to arrive as early as November. The $600 Windows Mixed Reality headset, which claims the highest resolution of any major headset, comes from HP, Valve, and Microsoft.
- The main additions for enterprise-targeted Omnicept include the biometric sensors and measurements, which help build datasets. HP claims the data collection will be secure and compliant with Europe's GDPR.