AR and VR-mixing headset is too awesome to exist

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If this thing gets past the concept stage, we'll be super excited.
If this thing gets past the concept stage, we'll be super excited.
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We’d play this game in a heartbeat, especially if it can bust video games into our living rooms in such a realistic way.

Putting on a typical virtual reality (VR) headset like an Oculus Rift can be disorienting at first, as VR tends to shut you out of the real world and into a, well, virtual one. Augmented reality, like you might find with Google Glass, for example, tends to place the digital world into the real one.

This Sulon Q looks like a VR rig, but lets you see the real world through it, with some digital overlay to make the fantasy of a video game look like it’s in the same place as you are.

In the video below, you’ll see a demo of a Jack and the Beanstalk game which starts out in the Sulon offices, but then things get fantastic fast as the giant beanstalk finds its way upward to the sky.

Check it out and thrill along with us.

Amazing, right? The promise of the Sulon Q is amazing, but the reality may be a bit further off than we’d like.

Engadget senior editor Nicole Lee got the chance to wear the goggles, but they weren’t a working unit, yet.

The Sulon Q will supposedly be a PC in its own right, packing all that graphics and video processing power into a single headset. Upcoming virtual reality rigs like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s PlayStation VR currently rely on a connected computer (but not a Mac, sadly) to make their virtual worlds come true, so it’s hard to believe a small startup might have the secret beans to miniaturize the whole process.

Still, it would be pretty great to have the magic of video games burst on through to our own real spaces sometime soon, even if this isn’t the actual company to do it.

Source: Engadget