Lynx Mixed Reality Headset Launching in November 2022
Paris-based mixed reality startup Lync will now be delivering the first units of its Lynx-R1 mixed reality headset from November 10-15, the founder Stan Larroque has announced.
Larroque issued a YouTube live update where he revealed that production of the headset had already begun. He is also planning to issue further insight on the production this month.
According to Larroque, the repeated delays in producing the device have been occasioned by the crisis facing semiconductor manufacturers and the company has faced a “constant war with suppliers in Taiwan”.
Lynx will be releasing the Lynx-R1 OpenXR and Unity SDK on October 10 on its website. The release of Unreal SDK is also slated for release by the end of this year.
In spite of the bottlenecks his company has faced and increased competition from the more established players, Larroque says he is not afraid of competition from other leading mixed reality hardware manufacturers such as Meta, Apple, and Pico all of which are set to release their high-end devices soon.
Although Lynx-R1 cannot compete in the VR mode, Larroque says the device offers better augmented reality and mixed reality experience. He says the device offers a seamless transition between the real-world environment that is outside the frame and the video image displayed on the headset’s screens.
Larroque also claims that the Lynx lens, which the company developed in-house, is a superior product to the pancake lenses being used in new generation headsets. The Lynx product, he says, does not lose too much light and therefore provides better contrast. The Lynx founder is confident that his mixed reality headset, which he invented several years ago, can hold its own against the stiff competition.
Larroque is expecting mixed reality to be the new standard and that the term “mixed reality” will eventually replace terms such as virtual reality and augmented reality. He says the major players like Meta and Apple will tailor their marketing to emphasize a “mixed reality” experience.
Larroque also says that Lynx uses a “traditionally European” business model where it sells both the headset and its associated ecosystem at a profit which gives the company an edge.
Meta and Pico are selling highly subsidized headsets at a loss and Larroque suggests they are doing this in exchange for monetizable user data. Meta has been subsidizing its VR hardware using its advertising revenues with aim of grabbing a huge chunk of the market although the company has also faced data privacy concerns which have locked out some of its products from some European markets with stiff data protection laws.