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CES 2017: HTC Vive Tracker Can Turn Almost Anything Into A VR Controller

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HTC Vive Tracker CES 2017

While the hyped up HTC Vive 2 didn’t make it to the CES 2017, the Taiwanese electronics giant unveiled a new accessory, the HTC Vive Tracker. The company was rumored to reveal HTC Vive’s Wireless sequel in Las Vegas, reports Digital Trends. Instead, HTC’s CES event was headlined with two new VR accessories, Vive Tracker and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap.

The Vive tracker is a small attachment that adds motion tracking to third-party accessories. The tiny object is meant to be strapped to other physical peripherals that’ll let developers track just any object in the virtual world. The idea is game or accessory makers could introduce new sort of controllers such as guns, baseball bat or other such tools etc to work within VR.

How HTC Vive Tracker Works

The Vive Tracker has a screw attachment that lets you connect other peripherals. These peripherals will be then recognized by the Vive’s position-tracking technology. However, you can’t just attach it to anything and expect the VR software to recognize it. Developers will need to integrate the Tracker with the peripheral before a device is recognized.

 

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HTC named eight different partners working on accessories at the CES. The company showcased several items including a VR “camera,” a pair of motion control gloves paired with a tracker and baseball bat with a tracker on one end. The accessory as such baseball bat can be used for smashing the skulls of zombies in a game.

The Vive Tracker is Round and three-pronged but it’s slightly smaller than the head of an Vive controller.The Tracker itself measures in at only 85 grams in weight, with a diameter of 99.65 millimeters, and a height of 42.27mm. HTC said that it can last for 6 hours on a charge, while peripherals will need their own separate batteries. It’s scheduled to release in the second quarter of 2017, and Valve said says it’s giving away 1,000 to developers the coming days.

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Vive Deluxe Audio Strap

In addition, HTC took wraps off Vive Deluxe Audio Strap. This is intended to replace current audio portion of Vive headset. The new experience is about “convenience and comfort,” HTC’s VP Daniel O’Brien said.  It adds more comfort and is practical to use than the previous strap.

Unfortunately, HTC didn’t disclose the pricing or the availability of either the Tracker or the Deluxe Audio Strap. Both are expected to ship during second quarter of 2017.

Also Read: Apple iMac 2017 Might Not Come until Second Half of 2017

In meantime, stay tuned to TheBitBag for regular updates on HTC Vive 2 and upcoming VR headsets.

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