Simula One: VR Computer

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Milestone: First Headsets Ship Target: Q4 2022 - Q1 2023

Our first batch of headsets is targeted to ship late 2022/early 2023. Preference will be given to Founders Edition units followed by the earliest pre-orders. Our preorder agreement guarantees headsets will ship by EOY 2023.

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Milestone: Review Units Complete Target: August, 2022

We're aiming for (stripped down) review units to be ready by early summer.

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#32 - Facial Interface Assembled (+ Board Integration Testing) 2022-08-04

Showing off our assembled facial interface, and discussing VXR integration testing.

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#31 - First Batch of Our Assembled Boards 2022-07-29

Showing off the first batch of our assembled Review Unit boards.

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#30 - Assembling Our VXR Boards (& Misc) 2022-07-22

VXR board assembly video + headset exterior shots + laminar flow bench HEPA filter

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#29 - Creating a Dust-Free Lens Assembly Environment 2022-07-05

Constructing a laminar flow cabinet for dust-free lenses.

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#28 - Taking Our Boards to a PCBA 2022-06-30

We've delivered our VXR, Connector, & Interposer boards to a local PCBA.

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#27 - Review Units: Timeline Update 2022-06-23

Review unit timeline update: now expecting mid-to-late July.

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#26 - Upcoming Price Increases (& FPGA Connectors) 2022-06-15

Discussing expected price increases, and an update on our FPGA board connectors.

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#25 - All Units Upgraded to Alder Lake + 32GB RAM Upgrade Now Available 2022-06-07

Confirming that all units are being upgraded to 12th Intel; a 32GB RAM upgrade is now available for purchase in our preorder shop.

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#24 - Simula One FPGAs 2022-06-02

Discussing the role of the Simula One's FPGA system.

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#23 - Board Updates 2022-05-25

Progress made on VXR, Interposer, & I/O Boards.

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#22 - Simula's Software Stack 2022-05-20

High-level overview of Simula's software architecture.

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#21 - Latest Review Unit Print + VXR Board 2022-05-11

Showing off our latest review unit print and VXR board.

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#20 - Paying for Productivity: Premium Workstations Over Time 2022-05-03

Chronicling premium workstations & first-in-kind computing hardware over time. We explore why consumers don't use premium workstations like they used to.

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#19 - Review Units Progress 2022-04-29

Discussing progress made on our Simula One review units; includes headset prints and updated renderings.

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#18 - Lenses & Schematics 2022-04-20

We run our newest lenses through some optical tests + show off our VXR7200 board schematics (now open-sourced).

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#17 - Gramsy (YouTuber) Discusses Simula One 2022-04-13

Vlogger discusses the Simula One and some of its design tradeoffs.

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#16 - How Long Until Review Units? 2022-04-07

We're releasing (stripped down) review units, likely within the next 1-2 months.

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#15 - Upgrading to Alder Lake 2022-03-31

Simula is upgrading to 12th Gen Intel compute.

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#14 - Demoing Our Displays 2022-03-24

Discussing the Simula One's display system

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#13 - Camera Considerations: Resolution, Bandwidth, & Latency 2022-03-16

Discussing camera considerations for our front-facing AR Mode cameras.

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#12 - How Simula's Optical Design Achieves its PPD 2022-03-09

How our lenses exploit the human eye to extract maximum pixel density from our displays

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#11 - Preorders are now available! 2022-02-14

Kickstarter-style description of our headset

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#10 - We're Launching This Weekend (With a Lower Price) 2022-02-11

Why we're hosting our own pre-orders instead of using Kickstarter. TLDR: Price reductions & greater flexibility.

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#9 - Simula One Video Teaser 2022-02-03

Launch video for our preorder campaign

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#8 - The Ghost Howls interviews Simula's team 2022-01-28

A virtual reality blog asks us questions about the Simula One

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#7 - Why VR Computers are better than PCs & Laptops 2022-01-20

We spend all day working on our PCs & laptops, so if there really are benefits to working in VRCs, upgrading to one could have big impacts to our work productivity.

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#6 - Why is the Simula One so expensive? 2022-01-13

Comparing the Simula One to premium laptops, standalone AR headsets, & VR headsets.

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#5 - The Simula One's Pricing & Kickstarter Goal 2022-01-09

We discuss the pricing & campaign goals of Simula's imminent Kickstarter campaign.

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#4 - How We Designed the Simula One 2022-01-02

History of how we came to our headset design

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#3 - VR Comparison: Simula One vs. Valve Index vs. Quest 2 2021-12-26

Comparing Simula One's specs against the Valve Index & Quest 2

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#2 - Technical overview of Simula's VR Computer 2021-12-11

Discussing the specs, performance, & design choices of Simula's VRC.

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#1 - Simula One Teaser 2021-12-11

First teaser shot of the Simula One headset; waitlisters will start receiving weekly updates on our headset progress.

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The Simula One is an office-focused, standalone VR headset built on top of Linux Desktop. It provides comparable functionality to any Linux laptop or PC, but with the power of VR.

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  • Persistent ("always on") computing wherever you are able to walk and think
  • 10x+ more screens than PCs & Laptops
  • More work immersion/focus over PCs & Laptops
  • 6DOF hand tracking
  • AR "Passthrough" Mode (see your keyboard/surroundings while working)
  • Connects with Bluetooth keyboards/mice via Bluetooth module
  • Contains the highly customizable, open-source SimulaOS

Headset specs

  • 35.5 PPD
  • 2448x2448 per eye display resolution
  • 100° FOV
  • 90-120 Hz refresh rate
  • 55mm-77mm IPD
  • Features dual wide-angle high-resolution RGB cameras for AR passthrough
  • Supports Tethered Mode for gaming on other platforms (Windows/SteamVR)

Compute pack specs

  • i7-1265U Processor (12th Gen)
  • 16 GB Memory (optional: 32 GB)
  • Iris Xe graphics
  • 1 TB SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Exposed ports: 1x USB4 (including Thunderbolt 4), 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2/DP Alt-Mode, 2x USB-A 3.2
  • Comes pre-installed with SimulaOS Linux VR distro

SimulaOS: VR Linux Distro

SimulaOS provides the Simula One with a highly customizable, open-source VR Linux distro.

  • Compatible with any app that runs on Linux Desktop (apps like Firefox, LibreOffice, Emacs, Vim, ...)
  • Provides especially clear text quality (via our text-specialized rendering methodology)
  • Built on top of the Godot game engine
  • Comes pre-installed on the Simula One
  • Also works with the HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, & Valve Index
View Simula's source on GitHub

This is not a gaming headset

Not a gamer? Never used VR before? No problem. While the Simula One supports tethered gaming, it is primarily a work-focused headset. Take it out of the box and start working in VR immediately.

Get more done with SimulaVR

  • Perfect remote work machine
  • Less distractions
  • Work in private no matter where you are
  • Work in The Future™

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