HTC launches portable Vive Flow immersive glasses

Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC Corp. made a leap Thursday in its development of virtual reality devices when it unveiled its Vive Flow immersive glasses.

The lightweight portable device allows users to watch TV programs and movies on a full-size VR cinema screen, engage in brain training exercises, and interact with other people, HTC said in an online press conference.

Consumers can also use the glasses to practice meditation by connecting with corresponding apps, the company said in the virtual press conference, which was carried in Taiwan, New York, Los Angeles and London.

The device can create an ideal ambience for people who wish to maintain wellness and calm their minds, said HTC CEO and Chairwoman Cher Wang (???).

"With Vive Flow, HTC is taking technology in a new direction, focusing not on what we do, but on how we feel," she said.

The Vive Flow has an expansive 100-degree field of view, 3.2K resolution, a 75 Hz refresh rate, and full 3D spatial audio that can also connect to external Bluetooth earphones, according to HTC.

Weighing no more than 189 grams, the glasses have built-in diopter dials, which allow users to easily make adjustments for clear visuals, and an active cooling system that pulls warm air away from the wearer's face, the company said.

The device is expected to go on sale in November at a starting price of NT$14,990 (US$540), according to HTC.

Since the Taiwanese company began expanding its product line beyond smartphones in 2015, demand has been growing for its VR gadgets, in a booming global stay-at-home economy.

HTC entered the VR market with its first headset, the HTC Vive, citing a need to mitigate the impact of escalating competition in the global smartphone market.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel