Patent reveals 2020 Samsung Odyssey Hybrid Reality Head Design

Virtual Display (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology have been around for years, and Korean electronics giant Samsung released a separately available Odyssey Hybrid Reality (MR) headset in October 2017 and an upgraded Odyssey Plus model a year later. Dutch technology blogger LetsGoDigital recently unveiled a new patent for Samsung’s 2020 mixed-reality headset.

Patent reveals 2020 Samsung Odyssey Hybrid Reality Head Design

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Perhaps dying from the market downturn, Samsung has not introduced any new AR/VR headsets in 2019. This year, however, the company may launch a PC-based Windows Hybrid Reality Head.

In early 2019, Samsung filed a patent application for the new Odyssey headset in China and was approved by the State Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA) on January 17, 2020.

Patent reveals 2020 Samsung Odyssey Hybrid Reality Head Design

(Picture: LetsGoDigital)

The document contains 8 patented illustrations and color product photos that show the mixed-reality headset from all angles.

The new device follows the design style of the old Odyssey head, but the details vary widely, such as a solid-looking top headband and integrated headphones.

Patent reveals 2020 Samsung Odyssey Hybrid Reality Head Design

(Photo via LetsGoDigital)

The new headfeatures offer multi-point fixed headbands, which clearly enhance the stability of gamers when using them. It should be noted that the new design eliminates the adjustable loose wheel and replaces it with a mechanism that can be stuffed/pulled out on the side.

The front of the device uses a grille material that extends to the side section, which is very different from the straight design used in the current Odyssey head and may provide a greater perspective.

Patent reveals 2020 Samsung Odyssey Hybrid Reality Head Design

(Photo via LetsGoDigital)

As can be seen from the logo on the top and back of the headband, the new head show still belongs to the Odyssey product line, with two visible volume adjustment buttons at the bottom of the device, but no IPD wheels.

The new device in the patent appears to have four camera sensors built in, or to help with more accurate tracking, than the Odyssey plus, which features a dual front-facing camera, positionable glasses and handles.

The current price is $500 on Samsung’s U.S. website, but the discount is as high as 54%, which means $230 is available. A similar pricing strategy is expected to be adopted when the new model is launched.