HTC now sells face monitoring and eye monitoring add-ons for Vive Focus 3.
Vive Focus 3 is HTC’s standalone VR headset designed for companies, priced at $1299. The Eye Tracker is priced at $249 and the Facial Tracker at $99, so the whole worth with each add-ons involves $1647. Each add-ons can be utilized concurrently since Focus 3 has two USB-C ports.
The Eye Tracker options two 60Hz infrared (IR) cameras with IR illuminators. It comes as a full insert which attaches magnetically beneath the facial gasket and connects to the first USB-C port on the facet. HTC claims it’s correct to inside 0.5°~1.1° after the 9 level calibration course of. In addition to monitoring the place you’re at present wanting, it additionally tracks pupil dimension and eye openness, enabling blink and wink detection.
HTC claims the attention tracker even helps foveated rendering, a way the place solely the small space you’re at present is rendered at full decision with the intention to improve efficiency or allow higher graphical constancy.
The Facial Tracker attaches to the entrance of the Focus 3 and connects through the secondary USB-C port current there. It makes use of a single 60Hz digicam with a large angle lens. Because it weighs solely 10 grams it shouldn’t add noticeable additional weight in opposition to your face. HTC says it tracks 38 mix shapes throughout the lips, jaw, cheeks, chin, enamel, and tongue, the identical because the Vive Professional Facial Tracker.
These new add-ons arrive simply one month earlier than the launch of Meta’s excessive finish headset Quest Professional, codenamed Mission Cambria. Quest Professional’s headline new options embrace face and eye monitoring. Slightly than launching a completely new headset to compete, HTC appears to have discovered a strategy to improve its current providing. A outstanding provide chain analyst claims Quest Professional could have decrease decision than Focus 3, however makes use of Mini-LED backlighting which provides superior distinction. Quest Professional may even have colour passthrough and a depth sensor for combined actuality, which Focus 3 doesn’t provide.
Builders can at present combine eye and face monitoring utilizing the Vive Wave SDK – HTC says OpenXR help is coming sooner or later. Each gadgets can even ship the attention and face monitoring information to PC VR purposes when utilizing HTC’s Wi-Fi streaming characteristic. The add-ons are already out there for buy from the Vive Enterprise accent retailer.