HTC is launching a lightweight headset today that is designed to differentiate between a standalone VR headset and a personal movie. The HTC Vivo Flow is a pair of glasses weighing just 19 grams (6.oun pounds) that attaches to a smartphone so you can play some VR content or just watch TV. It is marketed as a part of technology for entertaining you and as a device to help improve your mental well-being.
Naturally, the company doesn’t want to talk too much about technology inside the floor, preferring to focus on what it can do. However, what we do know is that it has two “1.6K” displays running at 75Hz refresh rate and providing 100-degree field of vision. There is no battery other than a tiny cell designed to ensure that any power source disconnected from the USB-C cable is disconnected safely.
This is in the case that it is set up just like a private movie, rather than your standard VR headset, especially the fairly narrow body. HTC has spent a lot of time and effort narrowing the distance between the display and your eyes and using a pair of diopter lenses towards the flow front. This means that short-sighted people will not need to wear glasses when using Flow, as they can set the lens for their comfort level.
To ensure that the flow is really portable, HTC sets a power budget of 7.5 watts, the upper limit of USB3’s charging feature. This means you can turn off this thing with any compatible battery pack (or your phone, a pinch) as well as a standard socket on a USB-C cable. Some of this juice goes to power a small active fan in front of the nose, which draws cold air over your face and expels warm air from the upper part of the stream.
HTC has also spent a lot of time trying to figure out how the dual-hing system will fit comfortably into anyone’s head like a Flow’s glasses. What a pair of speakers embedded in the arm is telling us is surprisingly high quality spatial audio and beef based on their relative size. And since they sit on your head like regular glasses, you can lay them down when needed.
You can connect Bluetooth or Miracast (to view protected content) streams to your smartphone and use the phone as a pointer inside VR content. This limits the number of experiences you can enjoy with gear, but you can rarely play Half Life: Alex Whatever it is about this. A pair of front-facing camera lenses, when the feature is ready, enable Flock to track your hand for more immersive VR.
Needless to say, it’s not, and I understand it, it can never be an AR headset in its current form. Those lenses apparently don’t give too much passthrough (beyond what is needed for motion tracking) and aren’t designed for whatever it is.
HTC says floor content focuses on “fitness, brain training, productivity” and “light gaming” Color Connect VR, Space Slurpies And the VR Meditation App Trip. The headset will be able to access a special edition of Viveport Infinity, which will provide an extensive library of flow-compatible content at a monthly fee of $ 5.99. The company added that if users want to meditate in the stream at the end of the day, a blue light filter will come in to help ensure you can take more rest.
If you want to hold the HTC Vivo Flow, pre-orders are opening from today, with shipping expected to begin in November. The price is $ 499, and for that you throw away glasses and a soft portable case, but I strongly advise you to pre-order one if you want. Doing so will give you the right to get a sturdy portable case like a flask as well as seven pieces of extra VR content thrown into NTL.
Naturally, flow has become one of the worst-kept secrets in technology, many of which have been leaked prematurely. One of the obvious sticking points is the higher price compared to Quest 2, although it was clear to dispel the notion that HTC products were equal. Flow, after all, is not a standalone headset, and HTC believes that the lighter, more elegant hardware it will win fans in the health and fitness market.
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