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HTC today announced the VIVE Flow, a pair of portable, bug-eyed VR glasses that allows users to watch TV and movies on a cinema-sized VR screen, exercise their minds with brain training apps, collaborate with colleagues and friends, and more. The glasses offer a 100-degree field of view, sharp 3.2K resolution, smooth 75 Hz refresh rate, 3D spatial audio, and even an active cooling system that vents heat out of the eye chamber for improved comfort. HTC’s VIVE Flow will be available in November for $499 at the official VIVE store, as well as retailers around the world.

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Designed to fit into your life easily, VIVE Flow weighs about the same as a chocolate bar at just 189g. Its dual-hinge design and soft face gasket allow it to fold down into a compact footprint for effortless portability. VIVE Flow’s unique hinge is designed to fit many different head shapes and sizes. Its face gasket takes inspiration from the acclaimed VIVE Focus 3, with magnetic connections making it simple and quick to swap out – perfect for when you want to share. VIVE Flow also has built-in diopter dials, allowing users to easily make adjustments for crystal clear visuals. Its active cooling system pulls warm air away from your face, keeping you comfortable throughout the day.

“With VIVE Flow, HTC is taking technology in a new direction, focusing not on what we do, but on how we feel. Maintaining our wellness has come to the forefront in the last few years, with so many millions feeling stressed every day, so it has never been more important to take time out to calm our minds, and VIVE Flow provides the perfect opportunity to escape our four walls and immerse ourselves in our ideal ambience,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “Meditation, gentle stretches, brain training, streaming our favorite shows or even meeting friends or coworkers in VR with VIVE Sync can all be enhanced by a device light and compact enough to fit in our pocket. VIVE Flow represents the next evolution of technology, as we take a more holistic view of how we can make life better.”

“Relaxation means different things to different people,” said Nanea Reeves, CEO of leading XR wellness service TRIPP. “It’s important to find your own version of zen, whether that means meditating, watching videos, or playing games. The fact that HTC gets it, that we can use VR in these ways that can benefit peoples’ emotional and mental well-being is something that I personally am very excited about as is our entire team at TRIPP.”

Source: HTC

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  1. Read a review and the lack of the head strap causes stability issues, like the glasses move around or pop off your head. Also they "saved" all the weight by moving the battery to an external battery pack, which you have to be plugged into to use. Not cordless/wireless. And it doesn’t include any hand controls, you’re supposed to use your phone as a controller ???

    And last… why make them "look" like AR glasses when they clearly aren’t? Confused marketing I guess?

  2. As usual, interesting wearable but due to so many compromises, it will not do well until another company excels at this.
  3. Made me think of this originally, but yours is good too


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