Sunday 18 March 2018

CES 2016 - HTC updates Vive and teams with Under Armour

HTC Vive Pre
HTC Vive Pre

Paul Mallon

At CES 2016, HTC has announced an update to their major new virtual reality headset Vive and a new collaboration with Under Armour

CES 2016 is now in full swing which means the tech annoucements are simply flowing out of Las Vegas. HTC has joined the party with a huge update and a new partnership.

The first news is all about the HTC Vive, which is set to be one of the first commercially available Virtual Reality systems when it arrives in April 2016. We had been hearing rumours of a revamp for the device and that has proven to be true, with a few major changes on the way. In fact, the system has been entirely redesigned including a lighter and sleeker headset and a more comfortable fit inside, with extra room for eyeglass wearers.

The renamed Vive Pre has a better display with brighter visuals and also brings new innovation with an integrated front facing camera. This new addition allows for elements of the real world to be included in your virtual journey, and also ensures you glimpse objects in the enviroments if you need to. The controllers have also been improved, with better buttons and rechargeable batteries which should last for a good four hours on a single charge.

HTC also announced a major partnership with Under Armour called Healthbox. This is a suite of products and software which create a connected fitness system which tracks your sleep, activity and nutrution.

It's designed to be simple to use but powerful, with iPhone and Android apps that will bring together all of your fitness information. Three products have been announced, starting with the Under Armour Band - a tracker you wear all day which takes note of everything you do and syncs it back to the app. It features a full display for important information and metrics.

There's also an UA Heart Rate which is a monitor which uses a chest strap to keep an eye on how your heart is doing. And finally there's the UA Scale which is a Wi-Fi enabled smart scale which gives you a reading for weight and body fat. You can set it to work with eight different users and it looks pretty fancy to boot.

UA Healthbox launches in January 2016 in the US, the HTC Vive Pre comes to market in April 2016.

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