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Dell will be one of the first OEMs to release a Windows Holographic headset, but like the other companies working on Microsoft’s reference design the device is still firmly tethered to a PC via two rather thick cables.
According to UploadVR however Dell is also working on wireless version which should be a lot more convenient to use.
They quote Dell’s Liam Quinn, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, speaking at CES 2017, as saying “You can anticipate that wireless capabilities will be in our future.”
Quinn said that “… the implementation and innovation of how it’s done will be unique and different for Dell,” and that “We believe there’s other ways to actually have modular compute capabilities that’s aren’t on the headset but allows that flexibility to be untethered from your platform whether it’s a mobile work station, a desktop, a gaming box or whatever.”
The phrasing suggests while the headset would be wireless, it would not be completely untethered like the HoloLens, but would still connect to a PC albeit without cables.
This would likely be a similar solution to the combination of the TPCast Module and the HTC Vive, which surprised users at CES with its low latency and performance.
Quinn noted that “as with with any new emerging space, it’s always ripe for innovation,” and that Dell was going beyond using Microsoft’s blueprints.
Unfortunately all that innovation will not come cheap, with the headset more of a “premium” device but Quinn promised it would also be “at the right price point.” He declined to share further details on cost and availability.