LG Electronics appears to be engaged on a brand new design for a digital actuality head-mounted-display able to splitting in half with the badistance of a spring-loaded mechanism. The design was lately filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) however as common, there’s no badure that the HMD in query will turn into an actual product. Nevertheless, plainly LG hasn’t given up on devising new VR ideas following the disclosing of its first prototype HMD at GDC earlier this yr.
LG hasn’t actually been one of the vital energetic OEMs within the digital actuality section thus far – at the very least so far as shoppers are involved – with its preliminary prototype based mostly on Valve’s SteamVR monitoring expertise having solely been showcased at a few occasions all year long, together with the newer Korean VR Festival which pbaded off in September. However, it seems that LG’s new patent revolves round a distinct idea in comparison with the earlier prototype, in that it appears to be able to splitting in half between its twin shows utilizing a spring-loaded mechanism. Presumably, the mechanism would be capable to securely tighten the top strap for a cushty carrying expertise, and since it lacks an extra strap on the prime, the headset might additionally technically be rested on the consumer’s neck when not in use. This characteristic can also be badociated to the second distinctive attribute of the patented design, particularly the 2 corded earbuds that appear to be ready and retract into the rear of the top strap in a particular slot. And as a result of the earbuds are usually not hard-fitted or screwed into the top strap itself, they are often worn even when the HMD is resting on the consumer’s neck.
No specs have unsurprisingly been talked about by the patent so it’s unclear whether or not this specific HMD would additionally benefit from Valve’s monitoring expertise employed by the HTC Vive, or depend on a distinct monitoring answer altogether. In current weeks, the Korean OEM additionally secured the “UltraGear” moniker which is able to presumably be the ultimate market identify of its first premium VR headset, however there’s nonetheless no concrete proof to counsel that this current patent has any relation to the UltraGear model. In any case, LG is anticipated to unveil its full-fledged consumer-grade VR headset at CES 2018 and it stays to be seen whether or not that gadget will characteristic a extra unconventional design than what’s at the moment accessible available on the market.