THX launches VR glasses certification programme

Neal Romanek
June 2nd 2017 at 3:30PM : By Neal Romanek

The industry quality control organisation will evaluate and certify the quality of VR headsets

THX has extended its quality assurance services to include VR. The new THX Virtual Cinema Display Certification programme

THX certification programme will require tests for colour accuracy, video processing, grayscale quality and visual geometry to ensure an optimum viewing experience. Certification will also require smooth video playback without stuttering or motion artifacts.

The R-9 smartglasses by ODG (Osterhout Design Group) are the first product to be certified by the Virtual Cinema Display programme. 

R-9 is based on ODG’s 50° FOV(field of vision), which is the roughy equivalent to looking at a 100in cinema screen 8 feet away. The R-9 is a self-contained computer with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 1080p stereo display resolution. It is aimes at a variety of wide field of view experiences from light enterprise to prosumer media consumption. The R-9 is also a development platform for mobile mixed reality and smartglasses applications. 

“Augmented reality is the future of audio and visual advancement,” said Bill Rusitzky, CRO of THX Ltd. “We chose to partner with ODG to certify their product’s best-in-class cinematic experience because we are dedicated to establishing high standards in next-generation technologies, as we have achieved with existing technologies over the past 30 years. We are excited to continue this commitment to consumers, and come together with ODG to deliver premium AV experiences in a very new way.”

“Certification from THX is a testament to our many years of hard work building and refining high-end smartglasses that deliver an exceptional quality visual experience,” said Ralph Osterhout, founder and CEO of ODG. “We are honored to work with THX and receive feedback from expert users that the quality of our imagery is unparalleled in the industry – no visible pixels and the ability to read 8-point font with photorealistic clarity. ODG is pioneering a new medium of heads up, hands free computing that will transform how we consume, interact with and discover information, people and objects in the world around us, and we are pleased to be setting the gold standard in display quality.”