HTC, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer made an announcement for its first wearable device (the Grip) and revealed the intention of selling virtual reality headsets (the Vive). The news was made public at MWC 2015 (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona.
The two inventions are the biggest device trends this year. The release of the Grip, a smart wristband, was anticipated, taking into consideration HTC’s partnership with the smart wearables supplying company, Under Armour. But the Vive headset came as a surprise to many. The device was designed in association with Valve Corporation, the creator of Steam, with a community of more than 65 million players from all around the world.
The Vive seems to outdo Samsung’s Gear VR. Last month, when the Samsung Gear was tested by Fairfax Media, the 3D image really seemed to surround the user, but when trying to stretch your neck at a different angle, the image did not seem so immersive anymore. This came as a disappointment. In comparison, the Vive comes with what HTC calls a “full-room-scale 360-degree solution”, consisting of 70 sensors which allow the user to walk around in real space and interact with objects within the VR (Virtual reality) from every angle.
One of the most common side-effects of virtual-reality headsets is motion sickness. But it seems that the Vive has a solution to that, having a refresh rate of 90Hz. According to Jeff Gattis, HTC executive director of global marketing, this will prevent users from getting sick.
“We’re confident to say the HTC Vibe will reset the industry standard”, he added.
Regarding the Grip, this device was conceived as a fitness wearable rather than a smart watch. It is compatible across iOS and Android devices, a feature which other wearables on the market do not have. And it is GPS-enabled too. Peter Chou, HTC chief executive, said that the Grip offers customized recommendations from fitness experts, including nutrition, training and injury prevention and also a collection of fitness data:
“Since not every workout is the same, the Grip features multisport modes allowing you to track different types of activities, from walking to running to cycling or even a session in a gym”.
The developer edition of the Vive and the Grip will be available in US selected stores before the end of the year. The price and the availability of the devices over the rest of the world are to be announced.
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