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posted by martyb on Tuesday April 11 2017, @02:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the next-up:-chipless-wires? dept.

AMD has announced the acquisition of Nitero, a company that made a "phased-array beamforming millimeter wave" wireless chip for VR/AR headsets:

Nitero has designed a phased-array beamforming millimeter wave chip to address the challenges facing wireless VR and AR. Using high-performance 60 GHz wireless, this technology has the potential to enable multi-gigabit transmit performance with low latency in room-scale VR environments. The beamforming characteristics solve the requirement for line-of-sight associated with traditional high-frequency mm-wave systems, potentially eliminating wired VR headsets and enabling users to become more easily immersed in virtual and augmented worlds.

I'll say no thanks to a headset with cables connected to it. Those are for the early adopters.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday April 11 2017, @07:13PM (5 children)

    by takyon (881) <> on Tuesday April 11 2017, @07:13PM (#492406) Journal

    The computer adds to the weight and power consumption, although your backpack idea is a reality [].

    60 GHz is not so crazy []. It is the high frequency band used in 802.11ad [] (aka "WiGig"). It makes complete sense that your desktop would be in the same room as your VR headset.

    If you use the wireless/optical solution instead of the wearable computer, then you can put as much power as you want at the computer/workstation end. Multiple big GPUs, enthusiast CPUs, R7s, Xeons, whatever. The wearable computer would need to be limited to a low TDP and performance to extend battery life.

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  • (Score: 1) by butthurt on Tuesday April 11 2017, @07:26PM (2 children)

    by butthurt (6141) on Tuesday April 11 2017, @07:26PM (#492410) Journal

    Combine it with this []? The turbines could provide air flow and could run a generator set to provide power.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday April 11 2017, @07:54PM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <> on Tuesday April 11 2017, @07:54PM (#492419) Journal

      "How can we make jet packs more unsafe exciting for our customers?"

      "Trick them into thinking they're in a fantasy world!"

      "Brilliant! *sips whisky*"


      Oh wait, you're talking about a power generation scheme. Sounds loud as fuck, 0/10 immersion broken.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 11 2017, @09:17PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 11 2017, @09:17PM (#492463)

    You're still going to need serious batteries.

    Receiving at a high rate will cost you power. Decompressing will cost you too.

    Then there is the stuff you have in any case: light, pixels, etc. (shrinking the portion used by any computer)