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Video interview – Lynx: is this the future of VR/AR?

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During Virtuality 2022, which took place a few days ago in Paris, France, we had the opportunity to meet Lynx, a French startup company who launched a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Their goal: becoming “The European champion of Mixed Reality”!

In order to achieve this goal, Lynx chose to create a headset that supports both AR and VR, with a novel optical system, a very compact headset, and a strong data privacy policy.

We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Lynx R1 during the event: the headset is quite promising. Low latency, a good display, efficient hand tracking and a low price for such a device (Lynx R1 Standard Edition is $600). The open design of the Lynx R1 is an interesting feature, both for collaboration in mixed reality and for newcomers, who won’t feel “trapped” inside the headset.

Stan Larroque, CEO of Lynx Mixed Reality, gave us an insight into his vision of the Lynx headset, his vision of the AR/VR market, the current electronic component shortages. We also asked him if he could share some sales figures, and he gave us his thoughts about the rumoured upcoming Apple headset.

In just a few minutes, you’ll get a good idea of what this Lynx headset is all about. The Lynx-R1 can already be pre-ordered and will be available in June.

The interview is in French, but English subtitles can be turned on. Don’t forget to follow on Youtube so that you don’t miss our upcoming videos!

Editing: Thomas “Gorkab” Martin

0:00 Introduction to Lynx-R1
0:58 Lenses, pros & cons
2:25 See-through vs pass-through
3:11 Component shortages
3:48 Software, Unity, UE
4:18 Sales figures?
4:32 Creating a VR headset in France
5:02 “The European champion of Mixed Reality”
5:26 Data Privacy Policy
6:06 Is Apple a threat? (upcoming AR/VR headset rumors)
7:08 Lynx V2

Technical specs:

  • Lenses: 4-fold catadioptric freeform prism.
  • Display: 2x 1600×1600 LCD @90Hz.
  • Field of view: 90° (circular).
  • PPD : 18 (with super resolution).
  • Sensors: 2 B&W cameras (positional tracking), 2 IR cameras (hand tracking), 2 visible light cameras (RGB), accelerometer, gyroscope.
  • Tracking: 6DoF (SLAM with world anchors).
  • Audio: 2 stereo speakers, microphone array (2 channels), 3.5mm TRRS Jack.
  • Processing: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 SoC, 6GB LPDDDR5, 128GB of storage (extensible with micro SD card).
  • Software platform: Android 10, Unity3D, Unreal Engine.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), BlueTooth 5.0, USB Type-C.
  • Battery life: 3 hours of active use.
  • Active cooling.

Lynx is available in Standard Edition ($600) and Enterprise Edition ($1100). Enterprise Edition features dedicated support, and “you get the license to redistribute the headset in a commercial offering of your own”.

If you plan to attend Laval Virtual 2022 (April 12-14), please note that Stan Larroque / Lynx will be there as well, with headsets and hands-on demos on their booth.

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