HTC Vive Flow
Virtual reality is far from over, says manufacturer HTC. After VR glasses for gamers and industry, there are now mobile glasses for leisure with the HTC Vive Flow.
October 14, 2021, 5:05 p.m.
Berlin (dpa / tmn). HTC’s new VR glasses Vive Flow are intended to make virtual reality mobile and more suitable for leisure time. The glasses, which will be available from November for just under 550 euros, are particularly compact and light – and also work wirelessly.
In contrast to the “large” HTC Vive, which is geared towards gamers and industrial applications, the focus of the 189 gram Vive Flow is on entertainment and wellness.
With a field of vision of 100 degrees and loudspeakers integrated in the brackets, it should rather invite you to watch a film or to meditation and wellness programs. Via HTC’s Vive Sync meeting platform, virtual conferences with other Vive and Flow users are also possible. Additional content such as entertainment programs or games is available on the Viveport software platform.
Wireless operation is possible
The content for the two square LC displays in the glasses (1600 to 1600 pixels) is transmitted wirelessly from the compatible Android smartphone. The device must be capable of Miracast transmissions, as well as HDCP 2.2 for the transmission of copy-protected video content.
A small battery in the glasses allows wireless operation for a limited time. Electricity flows from the smartphone or a power bank via a USB-C connector. Practical for comfortable use: the active cooling not only keeps the chips inside the glasses at a constant temperature. It also guides the warm air from the space between the face and the display outside. For those who wear glasses, there is also a vision correction for use without glasses.
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