FCC filing APPEARS TO SHOW a glimpse of THE UPCOMING Pico 4 and PICO 4 PRO standalone VR headset with added face and eye tracking.
Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro
ByteDance’s subsidiary for VR gear, Pico Interactive, is reportedly getting ready to launch a new line of standalone VR headsets. Pico submitted the devices to the FCC late last week, as originally reported by Protocol, and stated in the submission that it intended to release both a Pico 4 Pro and a Pico 4 solo headset.
ByteDance? Didn’t They Make TikTok?
Although we can not determine the extent from the FCC filings, Pico Interactive’s parent company is commonly under fire in the United States and Canada for concerns regarding privacy and data mining with their hit mobile app Tik Tok. Serious consideration should be taken for those privacy-conscious VR consumers when potentially purchasing this product in the future. For many people who are against Facebook and the potential for them to mine your data through the Quest headsets, the Pico headset could be just as bad or worse as that data could be directly in the hands of the Chinese government.
What Kind of Information Can You Get From an FCC Filing?
The FCC (The Federal Communications Commission) regulates interstate and international communications through cable, radio, television, satellite, and wire, so it would make sense for a VR headset to be required to get authorization before being pushed to mass consumer markets. It provides information on the extent of testing that a device has gone through for various communications embedded within the device to ensure consumer safety and federal regulations.
Although less than exciting, while taking a look at the FCC documents we can confirm some obvious truths such as that the headset will operate on common 2.4 and 5ghz frequencies used for Wi-Fi connectivity, USB connections, and other antenna data. We can take a look at some interesting pictures of some of the internals such as the lenses. The device comes from a Goertek factory, runs Android Q, and the documents mention the two versions: The Pico 4 and the Pico 4 Pro, both of which are identical except for the additional eye tracking & face tracking function of the Pico 4 Pro. We’ll be keeping a close eye on developments as they move forward with the release of these new Pico products.