The proposed solution facilitates the continuous jump of the user between the real and the virtual world.
HP has obtained this week the patent of a stand for virtual reality viewers designed for designers, programmers, engineers, architects and any other professional who needs to use a viewer without the need to put on and remove the device from your head at any time that requires it. The stand described can be taken with one hand or left on a table to continue working with both hands free, thus facilitating the continuous change between a PC screen and the VR device.
As we can see in the proposed design, the idea is that it is small in size so as not to occupy much space in the user’s workplace and, in turn, that it is easily transportable anywhere. The bracket would include a base, the coupling zone for the HMD and the coupling between both parts that connects with a slight inclination. In addition to this solution, they also consider other use cases such as the coupling to a laptop.
The patent was applied for in July 2017, a few months before they put on sale their VR viewer based on Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, so we do not know if the company will ever market this type of product. In fact, the Windows MR viewers include the folding front that is designed for situations such as those described, which require continuously jumping from the real to the virtual world.