HTC believes in virtual reality and believes that this area can contribute to getting back on top after years of accounts in the red and negative quarters. HTC Vive Pro Eye was launched at CES 2019, and the company said that the headset would launch sometime in the second quarter. The company has now announced that the HTC Vive Pro Eye is available in North America, priced at $1,147 on Amazon.com.
This figure reflects the technology that this VR headset comes with native eye-tracking technology for monitoring eye movements in order to deliver a more immersive VR experience. It brings gaze-orientated menu navigation to remove the need for controllers and improve the convenience of use in environments such as VR arcades or location-based entertainment.
The device was designed specifically for professionals, and HTC states that there are several production companies that have purchased it to carry out activities such as simulation or training. As specified by the Taiwanese company, the benefits that can be obtained by using Vive Pro Eye can be summarized as follows:
- Precision Eye Tracking
- Dynamic Training Environments
- Deeper Data Analysis
- Intuitive User Experiences
- Increased Efficiency and Quality
The “MLB Home Run Derby VR” is one of the first game with eye tracking support. “We’ve invested in VR technology to connect our fans to our game and deliver a new level of engagement through VR game competitions and in-ballpark attractions,” said Jamie Leece, Senior Vice President, Games, and VR, Major League Baseball. “Our fans can simply operate menus by using their eyes.”
Another application of great interest is the BMW M Virtual Experience allows potential customers to configure, explore, and sit inside a simulated M5 in immersive virtual reality. Be it paint, wheels, or interior details, customers are free to customize the popular, high-performance sedan as they see fit. When the customization is complete, they can get behind the wheel, interact with features, and take it for a test drive.
HTC says that the Vive Pro Eye headset has proved to be useful in multiple industries for training and simulation, consumer feedback and analytics, and gaze-oriented navigation, among many more. The headset ships with a host of enterprise features such as Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support, device management tools for remotely managing, monitoring, and enrolling multiple devices simultaneously.