It alternates between being a game controller and a remote, thanks to its unique orientation-agnostic design.
Designed to be perhaps the first ever controller aimed specifically at augmented reality, the Rokid Station fulfills multiple roles, working with multimedia, gaming and productivity tools. Plugging right into the Rokid Air AR glasses, the controller offers a tactile way to navigate the virtual interface, while also being a computing device in its own right, with its own AR app store, support for streaming, browsing and productivity tools, as well as built-in storage for your own data.
The station works when attached to the Rokid Air glasses, which are not standalone AR glasses like Hololens or Magic Leap. The slim, lightweight glasses act as the display unit, while the Station is your own handheld computer and controller. It has its own 5000mAh battery which Rokid says lasts enough to watch 3 full movies (or work/play for 6 hours), and even comes with built-in 32Gb of storage that can be used for movies, files, apps, etc .
The design of the Rokid Station feels a little confusing at first glance because your mind doesn’t seem to understand the “right way” to hold the device. The trick, though, is that the controller doesn’t come with any proper way to hold it. It can be used in portrait or even landscape mode, and by both left- and right-handed users. In portrait mode, the station acts as a remote control, while in handheld mode it transforms into a game-style controller that can be gripped and operated with two hands.
The handheld device is quite intuitive to use, with simple controls that mimic the format of a game controller combined with a smart TV remote control. The Rokid Station always needs to be connected to the glasses, which feels like a bit of a hindrance, but the compact form factor definitely makes it more convenient than having to connect a laptop or desktop to your AR glasses.
Rokid announced the drive this year with built-in Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing service and support for other 3D office applications as well. The device works both online and offline, allowing you to stream movies in your personal AR-style IMAX cinema, as well as access local files and videos. Users can even play games like Genshin Impact or browse social media on the device as well. The Rokid Station is currently priced at RMB 799 ($114 USD), although you’ll need to purchase the Rokid Air AR glasses separately.