Earlier at present the web found an awards itemizing for a brand new HTC Vive headset that hasn’t truly been introduced – the HTC Vive Air.
Was this an early leak of a brand new system set to be introduced at subsequent month’s Vivecon occasion? Sadly not.
The HTC Vive Air Is Cool, However Not Actual
In an announcement given to UploadVR, HTC confirmed that Vive Air isn’t truly an actual product.
“‘It’s thrilling to see our idea piece, the VIVE Air VR headset, win an iF Design Award,” the assertion reads. “Whereas that is solely an idea, the design language has parts and inspirations you’ll see elsewhere in our merchandise. We’re not ones to relaxation on our laurels, so though it’s nice to win this award, we’ve got enterprise to take care of – hopefully we’ll see you on 11/12 Might at VIVECON.”
It could have simply been an idea, however the HTC Vive Air positively had an attention-grabbing premise. The itemizing outlines a headset designed particularly for VR health apps, utilizing breathable materials that present air flow. It appears rather a lot like a sports activities shoe made right into a VR headset, and options 4 cameras for inside-out monitoring and a removable faceplate so you might wash the body itself.
However the idea doesn’t depart a lot room for the innards of a standalone VR headset (the itemizing doesn’t present any wires on the system however doesn’t truly specify it’s an all-in-one both) – there isn’t a lot house for them within the removable faceplate.
Nonetheless, health is changing into an more and more essential a part of the VR ecosystem; not solely are avid gamers shedding pounds enjoying Beat Saber, however some corporations like FitXR have even launched complete month-to-month subscription companies to digital gyms.
The timing is somewhat unlucky on HTC’s half provided that the corporate has began teasing what appears like a brand new VR headset reveal for the primary ever Vivecon occasion on Might 11th and 12th. We additionally know that the corporate is ready to launch a brand new standalone headset later this yr, however that’s more likely to be a successor to the Vive Focus and presumably nonetheless enterprise-focused.
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