HTC Vive Flow, Wireless Compact VR Glasses

HTC Vive Flow
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HTC has just released its newest VR device, the HTC Vive Flow. HTC has established a sub-business that focuses on VR, namely Vive, which has been in existence since 2016. However, this device has a look and usability that is not designed to be the same as its predecessor series.

The theme raised is “mindfulness”, which is more attention to health. From virtual meetings to playing a special scenario with sound effects. This device is present as a new way to make users feel calmer. HTC targets adults who prioritize peace and health.

No Need to Plug it Into Direct Power

HTC Vive Flow..
Source: vive.com

When compared to previously launched products such as the Vive Focus 3, this device has a lower price, smaller dimensions, and more limited features. The weight becomes much lighter, which is 189 grams. The design is more simple and stylish, like ordinary glasses with bright color accents. The HTC Vive Flow can be folded and tucked into a case, setting it apart from other VR glasses that are more difficult to carry. Behind it, there are two screens that each have a total of 1600 pixels with a 75Hz refresh rate and a viewing angle of 100 degrees.

Between the two screens, there is a vent with a fan that draws air around the face and releases warm air upwards. Because it prioritizes portability, this device does not need to be plugged into the mains directly. It can even use power from a smartphone. With a USB-C connector, HTC designed the HTC Vive Flow to only require 7.5 Watts of power. So you can also use a power bank. Without the battery, there is a feature called “hot swap”. Allows the device to remain on for 5 minutes when the user is about to change the power source.

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HTC Vive Flow Features Simplified

HTC Vive Flow.
Source: vive.com

There are two microphones and speakers that support noise cancellation and additional support for Bluetooth audio. To ensure smooth performance, this device uses the Qualcomm XR1 chipset, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, without an additional memory card slot. Unlike other VR devices, this VR device is not equipped with a controller.

The only way to control the content inside is to use the smartphone screen, as an alternative to a touchpad. Designed for use in a stationary position, this device is compatible with 100 different applications. The launch was promoted with a meditation app from Tripp, as well as MyndVR which serves to provide a calming therapeutic effect. In addition, users can mirror the smartphone screen, to get a bigger viewing sensation.

HTC has started selling the HTC Vive Flow on a pre-order basis. For the price alone, these VR glasses retail for $499. Users will also get a bonus carrying case for free VR content. Consumers are also given the option of subscribing to content for $5.99 per month.

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