With insect-like eyewear, HTC Vive Flow VR headset is unveiled

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It’s a significant deviation from standard VR device design

HTC is attempting to re-ignite interest in virtual reality. The HTC Vive Flow was formally introduced today, after a number of prior leaks. This VR headset is meant to be an all-in-one device, which means it doesn’t require physical connection to a computer or smartphone.

Furthermore, the HTC Vive Flow is meant to be as light as possible. It weighs 189 grammes, so you may be able to wear it for several hours. Each of the two lens displays has a resolution of 1.6K per eye and a refresh rate of 75Hz. It also has a field of vision of 100 degrees.

Instead of possessing a controller, the headgear connects to an Android smartphone (unfortunately, no iOS compatibility) through Bluetooth, acting as a virtual laser pointer. It’ll also need to connect to a separate battery pack, which should last up to five hours on a single charge.

The HTC Vive Flow is positioned as a user-friendly and portable virtual reality headset. HTC wants customers to use the Vive Flow for more than just watching videos; they want to use it to meditate and sleep. When the Vive Flow debuts, it will be supported by about 100 apps.

The HTC Vive Flow was given some limited hands-on time by The Verge, and the findings were mixed. The reviewer’s headset kept slipping off since there was no strap mechanism to keep it in place. Working using a smartphone as a controller is also said to be difficult.

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