It switches 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 serves multiple roles, working with multimedia, gaming and productivity tools. The controller connects directly to the Rokid Air AR glasses, offering 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 connected to the Rokid Air glasses, which are not standalone AR glasses like Hololens or Magic Leap. The thin, lightweight glasses act as the display unit, while the Station is also your own PDA and controller. It houses its own 5,000mAh battery that Rokid says is enough to watch 3 full movies (or work/play for 6 hours), and even comes with 32Gb of built-in storage that can be used for movies, files, apps, etc.
The Rokid Station’s design 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 standing or even lying down, and by both left- and right-handed people. In portrait mode, the Station acts as a remote control, while in handheld mode it transforms into a game 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 has to be constantly connected to the glasses, which feels like a bit of a hindrance, but its compact form factor definitely makes it more convenient than having to connect a laptop or desktop to your AR glasses.
Rokid announced the station 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-like IMAX theater 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.