Oculus Rift Gets Virtual Competitor: Russia Rolls Out Its Own VR Helmets

Oculus Rift Gets Virtual Competitor: Russia Rolls Out Its Own VR HelmetsCC0Tech16:52 11.09.2017(updated 18:36 11.09.2017) Get short URL239690

The Russian company DEUS has presented its brand-new virtual reality helmets, both for gaming and military purposes.

DEUS, a company which made a name for itself developing the first virtual reality (VR) helmets in Russia, has released two state-of-the-art device, Odin DK2 and Svarog, which are slated to be used for gaming as well as combat.

“In 2015, we created a team and started working on VR-technology. At the time, the American company Oculus Rift released its first product: Rift DK1. We decided that we are competent enough to make a domestic analogue of it,” DEUS general director and co-founder Alexey Ogiyenko told RIA Novosti.

Photo: Facebook/DEUSPrototype of the virtual reality helmet Odin DK2

He said that the first prototype of a Russian VR helmet was assembled from components made by foreign firms but that currently, DEUS plans to switch to using domestically-made components.

Photo: Facebook/DEUSVirtual Reality Helmet Svarog

“VR is an optical system that looks like this: a display plus a lens plus an eye, with the display playing a key role. We were looking for displays with a larger pixel density, something that is specifically produced by Japan’s Sharp and JDI. Now we plan to test the domestic electronic components and then shift to using them,” Ogiyenko said.

The Odin DK2 is touted by developers as the world’s smallest and lightest VR-helmet, with a resolution of 2880 × 1440 pixels.  The helmet’s display is believed to be even better that those of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It takes just five minutes to configure the device.

As for the Svarog helmet, it has a resolution of 5K and a viewing angle of 170 degrees. Its advanced technical characteristics allow a user to pilot drones virtually or undergo training on flight simulators.