HP Z VR Backpack
HP announced a wearable virtual reality (VR) solution for the enterprise that puts an entire PC in backpack form. The HP Z VR Backpack is both secures and manageable, while offering a form factor beneficial to any commercial applications.
VR change the way people learn, communicate and create, said, Xavier Garcia, vice-president and GM for Z Workstations at HP. In the enterprise, VR being used in product design and prototyping, architecture, healthcare, manufacturing, training, and more. Also, provides a new customer experience as well.
VR training offers a way to simulate dangerous environments for workers without putting them at risk. Architects can use VR to perform a walk-through of a new building design, while customers get a new way to demo products and services.
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While, the backpack offers high quality performance on the go, it can also use as a desktop computer. The HTC Vive Business Edition HMD, which sold separately for $1,200, used with the backpack to create the VR experience.
The HP Z VR Backpack features an ergonomic design, and has hot swappable batteries so users can use without interruption. HP has fitted an Intel Core i7 vPro processor and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA Quadro P5200 graphics processor with 16 GB of RAM. Storage options run from 256GB up to 1TB SSDs.
As part of its efforts to engage with the greater VR ecosystem, HP has partnered with firms like Intel, NVIDIA, Technicolor, and HTC. Additionally, 13 immersion centers will open around the world in 2017, providing demonstrations of the technology and business consultations.
HP also unveiled a new collaborative VR project called Mars Home Planet, a partnership with NVIDIA, Technicolor, Fusion, Autodesk, Unreal, Launch Forth, and Vive, to use VR to imagine what life would be like on Mars.
The HP Z VR Backpack will be available in September 2017, and will start at $3,299.