HTC VIVE adds new tracker & facial tracker to ecosystem

Creator of lifelike VR experiences for consumers and businesses, HTC VIVE has upgraded its VIVE Tracker ecosystem to include the new VIVE Tracker 3.0 and the VIVE Facial Tracker.

VIVE Tracker 3.0

The third generation of the VIVE Tracker improves on previous iterations with up to 75% increased battery life, 15% weight reduction and 33% smaller footprint, changes made based on feedback from developer communities.

A single charge can give up to seven hours of continuous use, with the same sub-millimetre tracking precision and 240-degree FOV tracking.

Decreasing the footprint of the device and prolonging battery capacity allows users to be even more immersed as their tracked objects blend more realistically into their digital reality.

Fully backwards compatible with previous generations, the new iteration allows for easy integration into current solutions by maintaining the same Pogo pin and mounting layout as the original VIVE Tracker. The new generation is also fully compatible with SteamVR 2.0 and 1.0 tracking and all SteamVR-based headsets.

Since the original VIVE Tracker’s release in 2017, developers have built multiple compatible applications that have expanded the capabilities of VR. Its precision tracking accuracy and accessibility has led to it being deployed across use cases from medical simulations and virtual Hollywood productions, to first responder and elite sports training. The versatile design has also led to a proliferation of compatible accessories for the location-based entertainment and home experience segments.

The VIVE Tracker 3.0 is now available across EMEA for £129 / €139.

VIVE Facial Tracker

Announced alongside the VIVE Tracker 3.0 is the commercialisation of the VIVE Facial Tracker, which provides accurate real-time depiction of almost the entirety of the lower facial area in VR by tracking 38 facial movements across the lips, jaw, teeth, tongue, chin, and cheeks.

The dual camera solution features 60Hz tracking rate with sub-10ms response time and an IR illuminator, giving accurate high-performance and responsive tracking even in dark conditions.

Ensuring a quick and easy setup, the VIVE Facial Tracker simply sticks to the VIVE Pro HMD.

The VIVE Facial Tracker is available now for £129 / €139.

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