The Simula One: Portable Linux VR Computer
Over the past 4 years, our team has been working to bring Linux Desktop to VR. Now for the first time, Linux enthusiasts can have a portable VR headset capable of running Linux Desktop applications.
See the Simula One in Action
Click here to see our video demonstration: https://youtu.be/a3uN7d51Cco.
Replace your PC/Laptop with our portable "VR Computer" (VRC)
The Simula One is a productivity-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:
Portable VR computing, wherever you are able to walk and think
6DOF hand tracking allows you to interact with and manipulate windows with your hands
AR Mode (via high-resolution passthrough cameras) allows you to see your keyboard/hands/surroundings while working
Connects with bluetooth keyboards/mice via bluetooth module
Contains the highly customizable, open-source SimulaOS Linux distro
More than 10x the screens than PCs & Laptops
Better work immersion/focus than PCs & Laptops
Promotes better posture & freedom of movement than PCs & Laptops
Compact form factor saves desk space
Still supports tethered gaming on other platforms
Enjoy the power of Linux Desktop with SimulaOS
SimulaOS provides the Simula One with a highly customizable, open-source VR Linux distro.
Linux apps. Compatible with any app that runs on Linux Desktop (apps like Firefox, Chrome, LibreOffice, Emacs, Vim, …)
Especially clear text quality. Displays especially crisp text (via our text-specialized rendering methodology)
Built on open-source. SimulaOS is built over the Godot game engine and NixOS (for reproducible headset configurations, and easy system rollbacks in case things go wrong).
Comes pre-installed. SimulaOS is pre-installed on the Simula One, but can be removed/replaced with other Linux distros for users who want different configurations.
2448x2448 per eye display resolution
90 Hz refresh rate
Features dual wide-angle high-resolution RGB cameras for AR passthrough
Supports Tethered Mode for gaming on other platforms (Windows/SteamVR)
Detachable compute pack specs
i7-1165G7 Processor (EDIT: We are now providing i7-1165U Processor (12th Gen))
16 GB Memory
Iris Xe graphics
1 TB SSD
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
Higher pixel density than any other portable VR headset
The single most important metric of a VR Computer is its display PPD ("Pixels Per Degree"), which provides a standardized way of measuring how clearly (e.g.) text and other fine details are rendered in the headset. The Simula One offers a higher PPD of than any other portable headset currently on the market (35.5 PPD).
Especially clear text quality
Using a special rendering methodology, our dev team has made text quality on the Simula One especially crisp:
The left image is a VR terminal without our special rendering applied; the right is the same terminal with our special rendering applied. This tech, combined with our extremely high pixel density, makes the Simula One the best VR headset for office work, allowing for significantly longer sessions without uncomfortable eye strain or fatigue.
Features detachable compute pack
The Simula One's compute element can be detached from the back of the headset. This can be useful for things like
Using the Simula One in non-VR mode
Docking the compute unit onto your desk
Removing some weight from the headset
Get more done with unlimited screens
Remember the first time you used a dual monitor setup, and experienced how much more space you felt? Simula gives you an unlimited number of screens, with each screen having an unlimited size.
Depending upon the task you're working on, this can have an accumulating impact on your productivity over time. Here are some examples of things that get considerably easier with unlimited screen real estate:
Viewing different locations of a spreadsheet or large document across space
Drafting emails using source materials
Comparing multiple things (drafts, images, products, etc) side-by-side
Editing source code in multiple places with compilation window(s) next to it
Monitoring a program while simultaneously watching how it uses resources
Planning out a day with your TODO list next to your calendar and email client
Working while consuming media (you would never do this though, right?:)
Work with more focus & immersion
Have you ever noticed it's sometimes easier to work in a private office than it is a public area or high-distraction environment? The Simula One allows you to take this one step further. No matter where you are, you can put it on, and it's just you and your work. VR Computers are great for immersion in a way that's hard to describe until you try one for yourself. They're especially good for distracting work environments, and when you want to signal to you and your coworkers that you're "locked down and focused".
Enjoy more privacy
Ever tried to get something done in an airplane or train car? It can sometimes just feel weird working on sensitive things out in the open. The Simula One allows you to work privately, knowing that other people can't snoop over and see any sensitive info on your screen.
Compute with better posture & freedom of movement
Laptops and monitors force you to keep your body oriented in the same position for several hours a day. Often times this promotes bad back and neck posture.
Simula instead gives you the ability to move windows or even your entire workspace around at will, allowing you to change positions and achieve more ergonomic working stances throughout the day. You can even experiment with supine computing without purchasing any expensive desk setups.
Use Tethered Mode for gaming on other platforms
The Simula One headset can be tethered to any PC (Windows/Linux) for a more traditional gaming experience. Simply detach the compute pack, plug into your gaming PC, and enjoy (e.g.) SteamVR gaming. Requires controllers from other VR platforms.
OPTIONAL: If you are interested in our VR headset only for gaming, you can purchase a "Tethered Only" headset which excludes the Linux compute pack.
Use the Simula One with wireless keyboards & mice
The Simula One is compatible with bluetooth keyboard & mice
Control apps with your hands and eyes
Retain full control of your desktop with only a keyboard and your hands (mouse not necessarily needed).
Control mouse cursor movement with your eye gaze
Use special hand gestures to manipulate and interact with windows
Use AR Mode to see your keyboard & surroundings
Need to see a key on your keyboard, or locate your coffee? Use Simula's "AR Mode" passthrough view, which allows you to see your surroundings from VR with high-resolution, front-facing cameras.
Travel with the power of a full desktop
Whether you're sitting in an airplane seat, a hotel desk, or a coffee shop: the Simula One gives you the power to take your full desktop with you no matter where you need to be.
Use the Simula One while outside
The Simula One avoids laptop screen glare, and is usable even when it's sunny outside. Enjoy stationary computing while in your back yard, sitting at a park, or on an urban balcony.
Use the Simula One in "pancake mode" when working outside of VR
Need to work outside of VR? You can plug a traditional monitor into the Simula One's compute pack and navigate it like a traditional computer.
Avoid the hassles of gaming headsets
The Simula One avoids the many problems associated with VR Desktops on gaming headsets:
- No cord tethering required
- No WiFi tethering (with bandwidth limitations and latency issues)
- You are not limited in the number of screens you are able to use
- No grainy/pixelated text
- 100% native Linux Desktop support, with all hardware & software optimized specifically for VR Desktop
We're 100% focused on VR Computing, not other agendas
Our product is 100% focused on VR computing. No gaming platforms, social networks, data gathering operations, or other agendas.
Simula One VR Computer (VRC)
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Work in The Future
From Iron Man to The Minority Report, our Sci-Fi has been promising us for decades a future of always-on spatial computing with omnipresent screens. The Simula One allows you to be one of the first people alive to experience high-fidelity VR Computing.
Join our open-source community
Receive support, software updates, and UX improvements from our dev team and community.
If you have any questions about our product or timeline, drop into our Discord and we'll answer.
The Simula One headset is being crafted by a team of engineers across the U.S. and Germany (our manufacturing based in Germany). Our backgrounds span across mechanical, electrical, & software engineering, and include experience in hardware crowdfunding campaigns. We have been actively developing Simula's open-source software since 2017, and have been working on our headset hardware since 2021.
While most people believe that the future of VR/AR is in games & entertainment, the truth is that it's also going to change the way we work. Unfortunately, very few startups are focused on the intersection of office productivity and VR, and almost none are focused on Linux. Our mission is to build an productivity-focused VR/AR platform on top of Linux to augment human intelligence.
Weekly updates throughout the duration of the project
Simula's team is committed to providing transparent updates to all backers throughout the duration of our project. Previous updates include:
- Why VR Computers are better than PCs & Laptops
- Why is the Simula One so expensive?
- The Simula One's Pricing & Kickstarter Goal
- Technical overview of Simula's VR Computer
- VR Comparison: Simula One vs. Valve Index vs. Quest 2
- How We Designed the Simula One
- The Ghost Howls interviews Simula's team
Discussion & press
See comments about our software, hardware, & team:
- Hacker News Discussion: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8
- Blog: Simula's Blog
- Press: Road To VR, Gizmodo (jp), Tom's Hardware, Tech Radar, VR Compare
- YouTube: Linux Game Cast, Linux Game Cast #2, ThrillSeeker, RenderedReality, Matteo311
- Twitter: @SimulaVR, @SkarredGhost, @brianpeiris, @RtoVR, @hmltn
- Reddit Discussions: /r/simulavr, /r/cyberdeck, /r/virtualrealitylinux
- Discord: Simula's Discord
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