Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

HTC Unveils Vive Pro Eye with integrated eye-tracking at CES 2019

HTC Unveils Vive Pro Eye with integrated eye-tracking at CES 2019

Daniel O'Brien, head of HTC Americas, said the Vive Pro Eye will target enterprise clients and serve as a way for HTC to enter the B2B market.

Comfort is another aspect that VR headsets continually try to improve on and, for that, HTC is working on the new VIVE Cosmos.

VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. Unlike the HTC Vive Pro, the Vive Cosmos features a simpler setup, removing the need for an external base station and including the ability to attach to a wider range of PCs.

With built-in eye tracking, there are a variety of new possibilities at hand for VR. No problem. With the flip-up design, jump between reality and virtual reality in seconds without disrupting your immersive journey.

According to HTC, the number of Viveport subscriptions went up three times since last CES, and it also has three times the amount of content as before.

HTC also announced the Vive Cosmos, a lighter weight headset that initially will connect to a PC, though HTC hinted that a mobile version could be in the cards. HTC hasn't yet revealed full specifications of the headset, but the company says the Pro Eye will offer efficient CPU and GPU usage compared to previous-generation professional grade headset. Guess it going to take a while before we able to see the new VIVE Cosmos at retail stores then. Pricing and availability of the new Vive Cosmos is yet to be made official.

For press images and assets for all Vive CES News, please visit the Vive online press kit.

Eye tracking can also be used in place of handheld controllers.

"At Fidelity, we're committed to helping people live better financial lives, so we were excited to explore the capabilities of these new technologies", said Adam Schouela, vice president of Product Management at Fidelity's Center for Applied Technology.

The Vive Cosmos will run the Vive Reality System, a redesign of the Vive software that will make moving between VR experiences more seamless than before. This implies (but doesn't confirm) that HTC will make tools available for developers to marry the Vive Pro Eye's eye-tracking sensors with 3D-rendering engines. In a deal with the Mozilla Foundation, Firefox becomes the default browser in all HTC VR headsets, while under a separate deal, HTC will leverage Inc.

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