The new HTC Vive Flow VR glasses are intended to make virtual reality mobile and more suitable for leisure. The glasses, which will be available from November for just € 550, are extremely compact and lightweight – and also work wirelessly. Unlike the “big” HTC Vive, which is aimed at gamers and industrial applications, the focus of the 189 gram Vive Flow is on entertainment and wellness.
With a 100-degree field of view and speakers built into the brackets, it should probably invite you to watch a movie or meditation and wellness program. Virtual conferencing with other Vive and Flow users is also possible through HTC’s Vive Sync meeting platform. Additional content, such as entertainment or games, is available on the Viveport software platform.
The content for the two square LC screens on the glasses (1,600 to 1,600 pixels) is transmitted wirelessly from the compatible Android smartphone. The device must be capable of Miracast broadcasts as well as HDCP 2.2 for streaming video content with copy protection.
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 connection. Practical for comfortable use: active cooling does not only keep the chips inside the glasses at a constant temperature. It also directs hot air from the space between the face and the outside screen. For those who wear glasses, there is also a vision correction for use without glasses.
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