The Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the Lynx-R1 mixed reality (MR) headset was a success before it even had time to warm up, managing to exceed its $300,000 USD funding goal in less than a day. Now the campaign has concluded with over one thousand backers supporting the project and just over $800,000 raised over one month.
In total 1,216 backers pledged €725,281 EUR (approx $840,000) for the Lynx-R1 headset which supports both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications in a surprisingly small form factor. It’s this marriage of tech that has incited so much interest in the device because the passthrough is in full colour – rather than B+W like the Oculus Quest for instance. And just to be different, hand tracking is the main input method rather than controllers, utilising Ultraleap’s latest Gemini solution.
That’s not all the headset offers inside its compact frame. That svelteness is thanks to some special optics which are comprised of a 4-fold catadioptric freeform prism in conjunction with a 2.1″ octagonal LCD panel. That display provides users with a 1600 x 1600 per eye resolution at 90Hz with a 90° FOV. Under the hood is a Qualcomm XR2 chipset with the Lynx-R1 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage that’s expandable to 1TB thanks to an SD card slot. Also onboard are Wifi 6 and Bluetooth, and there’s a magnetic VR facial interface to prevent any light leaks.
As the Lynx-R1 is an all-in-one (AIO) headset it has a three-hour battery life with the battery located on the rear strap. A design becoming far more commonplace in AIO devices as it improves comfort over longer gameplay durations thanks to balanced weight distribution.
Now that the Kickstarter has concluded the focus moves to the official launch of the Lynx-R1, with backer shipments scheduled to happen in April 2022. For those that weren’t sure about backing the crowdfunding campaign, you can head on over to the official Lynx website to pre-order the standard headset for $599 USD or the Enterprise edition for $1099.
The redesigned website also offers several accessories including travel case, facial interface and 6DoF FinchShift controllers.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the Lynx-R1, reporting back with further updates.