Final week HTC introduced a brand new accent, the Vive Facial Tracker. Although the gadget is designed to mount to the Vive Professional, it seems it’s technically appropriate with different PC VR headsets, offered you will discover a approach to mount it in the appropriate spot.
HTC’s new Vive Facial Tracker accent, set to launch later this month, guarantees to trace “38 facial actions throughout the lips, jaw, enamel, tongue, chin, and cheeks.” When the corporate launched the gadget, it solely introduced compatibility with its Vive Professional line of headsets.
Apparently that’s solely half the story. The headset can technically work with any PC VR headset, in accordance with host Mike from YouTube channel Digital Actuality Oasis who examined the Vive Facial Tracker with the Valve Index headset:
Somewhat clip of the brand new Vive Facial Tracker working with the Valve Index… pic.twitter.com/fjbq4PigpF
— Mike – VRO (@vr_oasis) March 15, 2021
In keeping with Mike, the Vive Facial Tracker should work with any PC VR headset so long as you will discover a approach to mount the tracker to supply a superb view of your mouth. After all, it’ll work greatest with headsets which have an on-board USB port (like Vive Professional, authentic Vive, Valve Index, and Pimax), although on some you’ll want an adapter for the Vive Facial Tracker’s USB-C port.
Clearly the Vive Facial Tracker will work greatest with the Vive Professional as a result of its mount is specifically designed to suit the headset, however pulling collectively a DIY answer appears simple sufficient. And we wouldn’t be stunned to see 3D printed mounts for different headsets begin to pop up after the March 24th launch date of the Vive Facial Tracker.
So far as HTC is anxious, the corporate isn’t guaranteeing the product will work effectively with different headsets. Shen Ye, the Sr. Director of Merchandise at HTC, says the digital camera’s pc imaginative and prescient mannequin was skilled particularly from the vantage level of the Vive Professional, so any mounting that deviates from that perspective might impression monitoring efficiency. He additionally says that USB-A (male) to USB-C (feminine) adapters are “towards USB-IF specs,” and notes, “these adapters haven’t any spec to evolve to, so try this at your personal danger.”
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