It's been nearly two years since we've seen anything new from Samsung, but it looks like they've been silently working on a next-generation Samsung Odyssey mixed-reality headset. Given the changes between the first and second-generation Samsung Odyssey headsets, it's unsurprising to see this third-generation feature a radically different design.
91 Mobiles discovered a new listing on China's regulatory website, the CNIPA. CNIPA is similar to the FCC or other regulatory bodies for communications and electronics.
From the renders, it's clear there are only a few similarities between this next-generation Samsung Odyssey and the existing Odyssey+. Like the Odyssey+, you'll find controls for audio and IPD adjustment underneath. The head strap feature adjustable headphones built right in for convenience.
The front of the HMD is transparent and features a rather interesting latticework underneath. Whether or not this design is for a specific function or just to look cool isn't clear.
No external cameras are obviously present the way they are on the Odyssey+. Instead, it appears that a host of cameras or sensors could be housed in the pockmarks of this latticework.
The Windows Mixed Reality platform, which the Odyssey+ uses, pioneered inside-out tracking by using external cameras to track controllers. Windows Mixed Reality has seen its market share reduced since the release of the Oculus Rift S last year. Given that, it's not clear if the next-generation Samsung Odyssey will be using the Windows Mixed Reality platform.
Much more comfortable
The rest of the headset design looks less like the Oculus Rift S or Playstation VR, or one of the other HMDs with a halo-style head strap design.
Samsung is utilizing a unique headset design that features a top strap as well as a modified halo-style strap. That means it's still one adjustable piece that wraps around the sides and back of the skull.
Unlike other headsets with a top strap, however, this strap goes from ear-to-ear rather than from the forehead to the back of the skull.
A smattering of thin foam padding appears to line the head strap, while a thicker piece rests on the face. The listing doesn't specify whether or not this padding is removable.
As a rule of thumb, patent listings don't generally reveal release dates or prices.
While patents don't always represent the final product, this particular listing is more detailed than usual. Most patents are simple sketches, but this one has a very specific design that looks near-final.