HP Inc launches mobile VR workstation

HP Inc launches mobile VR workstation
The HP Z VR Backpack (shown in mobile usage) will enable high powered VR solutions like engineering and design simulations.
Published: 9 August 2017 - 2:39 p.m.
By: Mark Sutton

HP Inc has launched a new business wearable virtual reality PC, which is intended to give users the ability to access high level VR services and solutions while mobile.

The HP Z VR Backpack, which HP says is the world's first professional VR Wearable PC, is a small factor, workstation class PC, with expanded battery power, docking capabilities and VR compatibility.

The PC is powered by an Intel Core i7 vPro processor, and a 16GB NVIDIA Quadro P5200 graphics processor. The device includes hot-swappable batteries, and a docking station so that users can switch between desktop and mobile usage.

The HP Z VR Backpack is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset, which can be bought in a Business Edition as part of HP's VR lineup.

HP said that the PC will capitalise on growing demand and new usage scenarios for VR in a commercial environment, across tasks such as product design, architecture, healthcare, first responder training, automotive and entertainment.

"Virtual reality is changing the way people learn, communicate and create," said Gwen Coble, director, Workstations, Thin Clients, Retail Solutions and Immersive Computing, EMEA, HP Inc.  "Making the most of this technology requires a collaborative relationship between customers and partners. As a leader in technology, HP is uniting powerful commercial VR solutions including new products like the HP Z VR Backpack, with customer needs to empower VR experiences our customers can use today to reinvent the future."

The launch is part of HP Inc's commitment to VR the company said, and will add to the existing line up VR mobile workstations, Workstations, towers and desktops.

The company has developed partnerships with leaders in the VR ecosystem, including Intel, NVIDIA, Technicolor, HTC Vive and others. HP is also planning to open 13 VR immersion centres later this year, have been designed so customers can have an immersive experience using HP VR technology and receive consulting and learn how to best deploy VR devices within their business to streamline workflows.

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