Aside from those who are closely following the VR industry, chiropractors should be excited as what might become the future trend of personal computing as a backpack PC might be strapped to the back of virtual reality users.
Chiropractors and Tech Enthusiasts Might be Excited for the Coming of the Backpack PC
Previously, there have been a pair tech manufacturers that have revealed their own backpack PC which aims to address a fundamental challenge for those who are always looking to don their VR headsets while hoping to not always be in the confines of their own home. However, it does beg the question as to how would you be able to keep users connected while maintaining a massive processing and graphics unit to power the VR headset? Furthermore, how will they achieve this while maintaining mobility to let users walk, run, jump, punch, kick, or perform other movements that are required in whatever the virtual realm demands?
During this week’s Computex trade show that will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, tech firm MSI will show off their Backpack PC. That’s no joke, that’s the actual name that they’re naming the device. It will have high-end components that can be carried along in a backpack-like manner. At the time of writing, details pertaining to the specific components of the tech are still a little vague. However, the company did mention that it will have an Intel Core i7 processor along with an Nvidia GTX 980 graphics card.
The other tech company that shows a similar technology is that of HP with their Omen X VR PC Pack. With this model, there are already detailed product shots that have been available to the public. However, when it comes to its hardware specifics and feature offerings, they are also a little scarce at the moment. Still, HP did mention that it will use an Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU to power its processing and it will come with 32GB of RAM. Furthermore, it is said that it will have 512GB of solid-state built-in storage. With a pair of batteries, it will run for roughly an hour, and it is reported that the batteries are swappable.
HP’s backpack PC is speculated that it will work with the HTC Vive headset and have support for other virtual reality headsets as well. Along with MSI’s offering, these PCs that you can carry around on your back might not be the most comfortable solution to-date, but it does solve the vexing problems of limited range when experiencing VR.