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The new HTC Vive Pro Eye headset comes with integrated eye tracking

The new Vive Pro Eye adds eye-tracking to the high-end Vive Pro headset allowing users to access gaze-oriented menus without using controllers The new Vive Pro Eye adds eye-tracking to the high-end Vive Pro headset allowing users to access gaze-oriented menus without using controllers
Troy Mann | 08 January, 2019, 17:55

During its CES 2019 press conference focused on virtual reality, HTC made a series of announcements revealing what's next for the company.

That HTC, which reported a 62 percent drop in revenue year-on-year in its last earnings call, is hoping for virtual reality to revitalise its business is no secret: The company has been pushing its Vive platform heavily, from launching the high-end Vive Pro and self-contained Vive Focus to announcing software subscription offerings, big-budget film tie-ins, in-house studios, and even accelerator and venture capital programmes created to boost uptake of VR technology. Sporting the deep blue of the Vive Pro and Eye, the Cosmo looks familiar and foreign from anything HTC has previously released.

Virtual reality is taking off in a big way.

The eye tracking hardware enables new experiences and thus "your eyes are transformed into an intuitive controller and intention communicator, and the results are quickened reaction for games, insightful data collection and much more".

HTC also debuted an all-new VR headset called the Cosmos.

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So come on HTC - let's hear more about this Cosmos headset. How do you feel about the new Vive Pro Eye and Vive Infinity?

Eye tracking can also be used in place of handheld controllers. Lockheed Martin is using the Vive Pro Eye to help train student pilots, for example.

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. The Vive Cosmos employs the new Vive tracking system with support for gesture controls and 6 degrees of freedom (6 DoF).

"Many industries are adopting XR technologies for a wide range of uses, including training simulations, virtual concierge services, enhanced online shopping experiences, virtual tours, and more", said Kyle Roche, General Manager, Amazon Sumerian, AWS. Lastly, the company said that it is working with both Firefox and Amazon AWS to bring web browser on its VR headsets.

The Cosmos, which will run a new platform called "Vive Reality System", is meant to be a more approachable type of headset than what HTC has typically offered.

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