HTC has announced the Focus 3 Facial Tracker and the Focus 3 Eye Tracker, which are two new accessories for the Vive Focus 3. With face and eye tracking, these two new devices will bring more natural experiences to VR and make it feel more like being there.
Digital avatars in the VR world were pretty good up until now, but they couldn’t show emotion. Face and eye tracking was never an option, so users could never show their digital friends how they were feeling.
Users can show a wide range of emotions with the Focus 3 Facial Tracker, which has a mono-tracking camera that can find the lips, jaw, cheeks, chin, teeth, and more. With this tracking method, the camera will be able to catch the most natural facial expressions and mouth movements.
With 60Hz tracking, users can sync their mouth movements with their voice so that interactions in the VR space look as real as possible. Best of all, installing the new accessory is easy: just plug it into the VR headset using a USB-C cable.
Like the Facial Tracker, the Focus 3 Eye Tracker will add more realism to VR by letting you blink and squint your eyes like you would in real life. The device will have two cameras with infrared (IR) illuminators that can record the direction, size, and even position of the pupil.
The unit will stick to the Vive Focus 3 with magnets, making it easy to put on and take off. Also, it is easy to carry. In addition to the benefits already mentioned, eye tracking will allow for “foveated rendering,” which is a great way to improve performance.
With this technique, the headset sends the highest-quality graphics to where the user is looking. This not only makes the user’s experience better, but it also makes it easier for Focus 3 to process graphics.
The price of the Vive Focus 3 VR headset is $1,300. The Vive Focus 3 Facial Tracker costs $99, and the Eye Tracker costs $249. This is an interesting time for HTC to announce these accessories since its competitor Meta has been teasing that it will be releasing a VR headset with face tracking in October.
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