HTC Announces Wrist Tracker for Vive Focus 3, Releasing in Early 2022 for $129 – Road to VR

HTC unveiled a brand new VR tracker system at CES 2022 in the present day, this time concentrating on its $1,300 enterprise-focused standalone headset, Vive Focus three. It’s slated to go on sale someday early this 12 months, beginning at $129.

Not like its SteamVR-compatible Vive Tracker, the brand new Vive Wrist Tracker is a wrist-worn system which hooks into Vive Focus three’s inside-out monitoring system. It does this basically the identical manner the headset’s controllers are tracked in room-scale house, i.e. via infrared LEDs which can be tracked optically via the headset’s onboard digicam sensors.

HTC says within the announcement that the tracker permits customers to both strap it to their wrist for what the corporate calls “superior hand monitoring” along with utilizing controllers, or to things like gun controllers, Ping-Pong paddles, or instruments.

Beneath you may see a Nerf gun has been rigged up with Vive Wrist Tracker, making for a 6DOF-tracked digital weapon:

The corporate says Vive Wrist Tracker is 85% smaller than Vive Focus three’s controller, and 50% lighter at 63g. It boasts as much as 4 hours of fixed use, charged by way of USB-C. HTC says it features a easy one-button pairing characteristic for wi-fi connection, and in addition incorporates a detachable strap for straightforward cleansing.

As for its extra correct hand monitoring, that is what the corporate says in Vive Wrist Tracker’s announcement:

“When consumer wears the tracker on the wrist, we are able to predict the tracker’s movement trajectories even when the tracker is out of digicam’s view shortly by utilizing high-frequency IMU information and a sophisticated kinematic mannequin. With this know-how, we are able to predict their hand place when the palms go away the monitoring digicam view.”

Street to VR skipped the bodily little bit of CES 2022 this 12 months, nonetheless we’re very to see the wrist tracker in motion to see if it makes a cloth distinction by way of hand monitoring.

HTC Broadcasts Wrist Tracker for Vive Focus three, Releasing in Early 2022 for $129 – Street to VR 6Picture courtesy HTC

Possible its largest attraction is the flexibility to trace objects, giving location-based leisure venues and enterprise customers the flexibility to keep away from the standard mixing and matching of hardware ecosystems, comparable to OptiTrack or SteamVR base stations. As well, HTC says its releasing CAD recordsdata so potential homeowners can construct customized docking options or harnesses across the tracker.

HTC is initially launching Vive Wrist Tracker within the US beginning early 2022, priced at $129/€129/£119. Though they haven’t stated as a lot, that pricing means it would very possible roll out Vive Wrist Tracker to the UK and EU at a later date.

Along with Vive Wrist Tracker, HTC unveiled a couple of different Vive Focus three equipment, together with a brand new charging journey case and a multi-battery charging dock. It’s not clear when both of these will go on sale, or for what value. We’ll be keeping track of the Vive equipment product web page within the meantime.

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