Lenovo unveils Explorer headset as entry to ‘mixed reality’ space

Computing technology titan Lenovo has announced the Lenovo Explorer – a new immersive headset for Windows Mixed Reality (MR) designed as a natural extension of the PC.

Forward facing

The MR technology lets users watch shows in a virtual home office environment, play virtual reality (VR) games, travel the world through holo-tours, enhance their video-watching experience via 3D, 360-degree and 4K videos, browse online and work with Microsoft Office suite.

The headset also allows users free natural motion through inside-out positional tracking built within the headset. Without the need of external sensors, the Lenovo Explorer can be set-up in a breeze by connecting the built-in Y-cable to your computer USB port and HDMI output.

Caucasian soldier standing in combat zone

Also, the Lenovo Explorer lets users move around in an area of up to 3.5 by 3.5 meters. Within the given space, users can hop, lunge or crouch, with the headset tracking their natural movements with spatial awareness.

Supported by voice commands through Cortana, the Lenovo Explorer transports users to a virtual space at a Microsoft Mixed Reality “cliff house” next to the sea. In the cliff house, there’s a host of content suggestions filling up your “home,” with one app per room. It houses the HoloTour and Hello Mars, and works with Windows MR to deliver and provide an upgraded PC experience to over 20,000 Windows apps in the Microsoft store.

Colosseum in Rome and morning sun, Italy

Some of the most prominent features of the Windows MR are the “7 minutes of terror” Mars sequence through NASA, a take in a 360-degree courtside view of a live basketball game, virtual holo-tours, videos and photos, with support for 3D, 360 degrees and 4K.

Windows Mixed Reality content will be available for PCs that meet the minimum Windows MR specifications, with pricing for the Lenovo Explorer and Motion Controllers will start at $449 (and may vary from country to country).

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