Virtual reality: HTC releases Vive Trackers 3.0 and its new Vive Facial Tracker

HTC announces on March 10 the release of a new generation of its tracking modules for virtual reality. Two products are concerned. First the Vive Trackers, which can be attached to any object or body part and works with the SteamVR space tracking system. Originally released in 2017, they are used for a whole range of professional applications as well as to track body movements more precisely (especially those of the legs).

7 hours of battery life

This version 3.0 is 33% more compact, weighs 15% less and above all has a battery life 75% greater than the previous model. HTC indicates 7 hours of continuous use, with the same level of precision as previous models and 240 ° of tracking. The connector is USB type-C. It retains the same fixing system and is compatible with SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 beacons. The Vive Tracker 3.0 is available today for 139 euros on the site and at authorized resellers.

38 movements tracked in real time on the lower face

The Vive Facial Tracker on its side is a new module that aims to capture facial expressions. It follows 38 movements in real time on the lower face: jaw, chin, lips, teeth, tongue, cheeks … The capture is done using two cameras (the module is suspended under a Vive Pro helmet) with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a latency of 6 milliseconds. Note that the capture works as well in daylight as in the dark. The Vive Facial Tracker is also available today for 139 euros.

With these modules and its Vive Pro Eye headset, HTC is positioning itself as the benchmark manufacturer for a specific market niche: that of “full body tracking” which allows, among other things, to produce avatars with very realistic movements and expressions.

Julien bergounhoux


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