Launch of the “immersive glasses” HTC Vive Flow

Launch of the “immersive glasses” HTC Vive Flow

So, while the Vive Pro 2 is like a desktop PC, and the Focus 3 is like a laptop, the Flow is akin to a tablet. It is thought the eminent portability of the Vive Flow will make it suitable for use cases where existing headsets wouldn’t be accepted. Interestingly we are seeing HTC target the meditation and wellness market with these new ‘glasses’.

HTC has unveiled its Vive Flow “immersive glasses”. The firm shied away from calling this a ‘VR headset’ as it is much more light (189g) and portable (comes with a case, just like regular glasses). HTC’s Senior Director and Global Head of Hardware Products, Shen Ye, explained the product positioning by drawing parallels to the PC industry.

Highlights

  • Meditation 2.0 with apps like TRIPP, or taking a scenic, immersive drive down Route 66 with MyndVR’s original series: A Road to Remember

  • Key activities that HTC foresees Flow users indulging in include:

Exercising their minds with brain training apps

Watching TV or movies on their own personal, cinema-sized VR screen

Collaborating and socializing with colleagues and friends on VIVE Sync

HTC shared some technical details of the design, which are quite impressive. Already you will have gauged one of the most impressive feats of this hardware is in its light weight and compact design. Ye says two major strategies that helped in this design goal were the use of dioptre lenses where glasses would usually go, and shrinking the optical tube with a new lens and display assembly. Despite these challenges, the glasses still offer a 100° FOV and 3.2k res (combined, so roughly 1,600 × 1,600 pixels per-eye), with a 75Hz refresh rate. For reference, the Focus 3 and Pro 2 have a 120° FOV but are much larger and weightier. The light weight of the Flow allows it to be much more comfortable using traditional spectacle ear rests rather than a strap.

HTC says that the Flow, as it is a standalone device (sans power), uses the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 processor and includes 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The glasses offer 6DOF head-tracking too. Hand tracking is expected to arrive with a future update.