HTC has introduced two new equipment for its HTC Vive VR headset, iterating on an present add-on whereas introducing a brand new one for a completely new solution to work together in a digital house.
The primary is the third iteration of the Vive’s VR Tracker, which you should use so as to add monitoring to further elements of your physique or usher in new objects into your digital house fully. Earlier variations had been relatively massive and heavy, making a number of attachments to your limbs difficult. HTC says this newest model is round 33% smaller and 15% lighter, with the good thing about improved monitoring, too.
The VR trackers are roughly 4 inches smaller than the earlier iteration, launched again in 2018. Regardless of this, HTC says that the battery will final round 75% longer, with charging now dealt with with a brand new USB-C port as an alternative of the outdated microUSB one. The machine can be backwards-compatible with different VR Trackers you may need, in addition to the complete suite of HTC Vive equipment, making it a straightforward alternative or addition to your present setup.
The extra attention-grabbing announcement is the HTC’s new Vive Facial Tracker. The machine is sort of a small sensor and digital camera array that clips onto the entrance of the Vive headset, permitting you to seize facial actions out of your eyes down. HTC says it tracks 38 facial actions throughout the lips, jaw, enamel, tongue, chin and cheeks, which builders can then map onto characters for elevated immersion.
It is clear that HTC sees the potential of shared areas in VR, with the necessity for extra real looking and expressive avatars for VR customers. Microsoft may not be engaged on a VR headset, nevertheless it’s addressing this want too with its new AR platform, Mesh, which is methods to make objects and folks persistent in a number of digital areas at a time.
Each the VR Tracker and Facial Tracker will retail for $129 every, with HTC teasing that they’re “coming quickly.”