The next big obstacle for VR is obvious to anyone who has put on a headset: getting rid of all of those wires. We have seen cordless solutions from Intel and TPCast, but currently, Amimon, a company best known for developing wireless video tech, is getting into the ring. The competitors are using 60GHz band but its spin on wireless VR uses the 5GHz spectrum. That allows it to work through walls and without direct line of sight, something the 60GHz frequency range cannot do. Most importantly, Amimon ensures a lag-free experience. According to the company, in the same room, it may support up to 10 AR or VR headsets. (either with their own PC or a souped-up gaming server).
Amimon, which will be debuting the technology at the VRX conference in San Francisco today. Says its solution has benefits over the WiGig-powered alternatives. Since it does not need to be in view of a receiver, you can step outside with a pair of augmented reality glasses and still be able to connect to a pc in your home. It will also be able to work in a variety of spaces, from crowded rooms to huge open environments. 60GHz/WiGig for VR is due to its low latency and massive data throughput is the main reason for companies are eyeing, but Amimon claims that its patented tech will do the same with the 5GHz spectrum.
As you’d expect, the company’s tech is currently compatible with all of the major VR headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. It can output 2K video at 90FPS for the 2 PC-powered headsets, as well as 1080p at 120 fps for the ps VR. Amimon describes it as a complete solution for wireless VR — it’s able to both transmit lag-free video, as well as all the necessary sensor data.
At this point, Amimon’s wireless module still has its early stages. The company has not yet discussed any release time, which is dependent on future partners. Similarly, pricing is still up in the air, but it expects the first generation of wireless accessories to price around $100.