Finnish start-up Varjo launched its first virtual reality (VR) headset on Tuesday in a bid to capture the growing industrial market for the technology, despite slow pick-up among consumers.
The $5,995 headset will be sold directly to businesses in industries like architecture, engineering and construction. Varjo has already collaborated with companies including Airbus, Audi and Volkswagen.
The launch comes amid weaker-than-expected growth in the consumer VR market. Sales of VR headsets declined for four consecutive quarters before rebounding slightly in the third quarter of 2018, according to IDC. Analysts say clunky devices, high price tags and compatibility issues have kept many devices from going mainstream.
“The consumer market hasn’t yet picked up as it was anticipated,” Varjo co-founder and CEO Niko Eiden told CNBC last week. “On the professional side it’s the complete opposite.”
The headset, called Varjo VR-1, has a resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree, which Varjo says is 20 times higher than other devices on the market and equivalent to “human-eye” resolution. The device also comes with advanced eye-tracking capabilities that could, for example, allow pilots to train in virtual reality scenes that mimic real-life.