At a conference in China HTC is teasing both hand tracking and six degrees of freedom controller tracking for the Vive Focus.
The Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen is HTC’s China-focused event where the company is revealing a series of new features for the standalone Vive Focus.
— Alvin Wang Graylin (@AGraylin) May 24, 2018
The demonstrations include “light gesture recognition” using the headset’s outward-facing cameras. That feature is planned for release to Vive Focus developers in the coming weeks. The company also teased the ability to make the Vive Focus pointer controller “behave” like a 6DoF controller. That feature is planned for release to developers sometime in Q3 this year.
The movement of our hands are more difficult to track than our heads because our hands generally move faster. Though others have tried, only Facebook’s Oculus has demonstrated good 6DoF controller tracking in a completely standalone VR headset. Google recently showed off research of its own that could turn a 3DoF controller into 6DoF, but we have yet to test it.
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