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Enterprise VR Specialist Varjo Opens US Headquarters

Its reseller program has also been expanded.

Varjo Technologies, the Finnish company behind the $6,000 USD Varjo VR-1 industrial virtual reality (VR) headset continues to accelerate its global expansion plans this week announcing the opening of its new US headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

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Celebrating its third anniversary this month, the US represents an important market for Varjo hence why alongside the HQ opening the company has announced an expansion to its reseller program. Varjo’s reseller network only launched three months ago, making the Varjo VR-1 headset available to enterprise customers in 34 countries.

Two new US resellers have been added to the list, GC Micro and FoxGuard Solutions, ensuring better reach and customer support across the country.

“2019 has been an exciting year for us so far with the announcements of our first two products – the Varjo VR-1 and Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition – among other key milestones, and this is just the beginning,” said Timo Toikkanen, president and COO of Varjo in a statement. “As we continue to expand our global footprint, through new offices, additional reseller partners and entrance into new sales markets, we look forward to delivering the innovative solutions and local support our enterprise customers need to apply VR in new and compelling ways.”

Varjo XR-1

Dubbed the ‘the world’s first human-eye resolution VR device’ the Varjo VR-1 has already been taken up by global enterprises such as Saab, Airbus, Siemens PLC and Audi. Using a system called the Bionic Display which is made up of two screens for each eye, the main ‘Context screen’ delivers 1440×1600 per eye while a microdisplay or ‘focal screen’ delivers a resolution of 60 pixels per degree (or 3000ppi). Additionally, the headset also features Varjo’s own in-house 20/20 Eye Tracker system to help companies extract analytics data.

Then there’s the Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition, an adaption for the VR version adding mixed reality (MR) functionality. With the same screens and eye-tracking, the Varjo XR-1 includes two front-facing 12mp cameras with an 82 x 82 degrees field of view (FoV) putting the headset ahead of rivals like Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Varjo and its expansion plans, reporting back with any further updates.

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