OSVR HDK Module Development Kit License FAQ
What Open-Source licenses are being use?
OSVR has two separate parts that are both made available open-source:
  • Software - The Software Development Kit License will be, like Android, under Apache 2.0.
  • Hardware – For hardware there is no clear standard for open-source licenses, so we modelled the Module Development Kit (MDK) after Google’s Project Ara Module Development Kit.
What do I need to know about the MDK?
It is fully open-source (i.e. you can download it freely and make derivative works to it). However, any derivative work and modifications to the Hacker Development Kit and schematics are automatically licensed back to Razer who can then re-license it back to the community under the MDK.
Will my own existing Intellectual Property be licensed back to Razer?
Absolutely not. The only IP that is licensed back to Razer is any directly modified work of the Hacker Development Kit which is licensed under the MDK (i.e. derivative works). For example, if a gesture camera company downloads the CAD of the HDK and modifies the frontplate to allow for a mount for their gesture camera, the mount itself (as a derivative work of the HDK) will be licensed back to Razer (for onward licensing to the community), but the rest remains the IP of the gesture camera company.

Integrated Gesture Camera Faceplate
Licensed back under the MDK:
Not licensed back:
Faceplate Mount (as derivative work to the HDK)
Gesture Camera
Why the need to license back my work to Razer in the first place then?
This is to prevent 3rd parties from taking advantage or control of the hardware ecosystem.

That clause is in place so that Razer can ensure all derivative work to the HDK can be licensed back to the community via the same open-source license. This prevents any developer that creates hardware based on the MDK to create a closed off system based on work derived from the HDK. As such, this guarantees that the OSVR Hardware stays completely open while allowing any company to still protect their own IP.
I still have concerns. How can I let you know?
Please do provide your feedback to us directly in the MDK Discussion thread on the OSVR Forum here. We’re open to feedback and will take all feedback into consideration for potential improvements/clarifications on the MDK license.
Latest version available: 1.4
*For developers and enthusiasts
vr essentials for
a pc powered
experience //
Designed to be a balance between quality and system requirements the HDK 1 includes all the basics to enjoy VR including positional tracking and is able to get you into VR on a mid-tier gaming pc or better (GTX660 or AMD equivalent or Intel i5 3.0Ghz or AMD equivalent). Allowing you to jump into other realities without breaking the bank.
*System specifications might vary depending on content requirements
open source //
Able to form unlimited combinations with all hardware and software technology supporting the OSVR ecosystem.
unrestricted access
to multiple
realities //
The HDK supports a wide range of content technologies through the OSVR ecosystem including - OSVR and SteamVR experiences.
Faceplate Module
Default for v1.4
IR Faceplate providing positional tracking

Comes with an IR Camera operating at 100hz.

Other variations include:
OSVR Faceplate with Leap Motion offering embedded Leap Motion technology to support natural interaction using physical hands.
Sensor hub with integrated accelerometer, gyroscope and compass

External USB 3.0 connection for additional accessories

Additional 2 x USB 3.0 connectors for internal expansion

Re-programmable for additional functionality.
Display Module
Improved OLED 5.5” Full HD with a pixel density of 401 PPI at 60 FPS for improved picture quality.

IQE (Image Quality Enhancement) technology for reduced screendoor effect.
Optics Module
High performance dual lens system for ultra-sharp images

Enlarged eye-box for fuss-free setup, right out-of-box

Low geometric distortion and colour corrected image for faster rendering

Individual eye focus for personalized use without glasses.

*diopters cover +4.5 to -2 adjustments to cater to majority of users.
HMD Mechanical Module
Removable face mask with a bamboo charcoal microfibre foam layer, additional foam padding for cheekbones and nose bridge featuring rubber nose inserts for additional comfort.
Belt Box Module
Additional USB 3.0 connectivity

Surround Sound Audio codec integrated

Easier cable management and ergonomics

Signal boosters