VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Using a headset and wireless controllers, you can now explore and interact with VR experiences, apps and games that blur the line between imagination and reality.
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16 de Novembro

VIVE Tracker Bundles



We’re consistently impressed by the way the developer community has integrated Tracker into their experiences, prototypes and arcades. From MarioKart VR, to full body tracking, to the first VR keyboard, VIVE Tracker enables new types of VR projects quickly and affordably. But that’s just for developers and businesses.

Starting today, we’ve got our first line of Tracker peripherals and accessories for VIVE users at home. These bundles are available for pre-order today with expected arrival dates of mid-December (just in time for the holidays).

Hyperkin Hyper Blaster
The Hyper Blaster brings a retro light gun to VR for the first time. When paired with VIVE Tracker, the Hyper Blaster serves as both a gun and motion controller in supported games such as Duck Season, Arizona Sunshine, The American Dream VR, Operation Warcade, TacticalAR, and Practisim VR.

The Hyper Blaster will be sold exclusively through Amazon and includes Duck Season as a pack-in title, along with VIVE Tracker, all for $149.99. Duck Season, by Stress Level Zero, is a throwback to the golden age of 1980's gaming and movies with a hint of horror in a Spielburgian universe. Unique to Duck Season, the Blaster is virtually represented within the game world.

In addition to the six titles integrated at launch, we are working with 10 additional developers to integrate the Blaster by the spring of 2018.

You can learn more about the Hyper Blaster on our website.

Racket Sports Set
Custom-molded and weighted to feel like real paddles and rackets, the Racket Sports Set is packaged for both Ping Pong and Tennis games. Connected via a simple screw The set includes both Ping Pong and Tennis handles, a VIVE Tracker and a pack-in redemption code for Virtual Sports. Pre-orders are available today via Amazon, Abt Electronics, BH Photo, Fry’s, Gamestop, Micro Center and NewEgg with additional retailers expected.

In addition to Virtual Sports, the Racket Sports Set has support from six other titles today, and you can expect an additional six by end of year.

Get the full details on our website.



Rebuff Reality TrackStrap
The VIVE Tracker takes SteamVR tracking to another level of accuracy, easily adding feet, wrist, hip or leg tracking movement to VR experiences.

Rebuff Reality is selling TrackStrap, which easily attaches VIVE Trackers to your feet and other body parts to enable full body tracking. A pair of TrackStraps is available now for $24.99 via Rebuff Reality's website and includes a pack-in redemption code for Redfoot Bluefoot Dancing on Steam, inspired by Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) and Audioshield.

Dozens of developers have integrated body tracking into their experiences, including CloudGate Studios’ Island 359, which today launched a “Virtual Self” update that uses VIVE Trackers for full body tracking and movement.

Additional compatible titles include Climbey, Holodance, High Fidelity and more.

Note, the TrackStrap does not ship with a Tracker, so you’ll need to order directly from VIVE.

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2 de Novembro

Introducing the Logitech BRIDGE SDK

This is a guest blog post by Vincent Tucker, Director Of Innovations & Strategy at Logitech. This content was originally posted on our blog at blog.vive.com



What are we sharing today?

I am excited to introduce the BRIDGE developers kit, an SDK aimed at helping App makers and SW developers solve the problem of text entry in virtual reality.
The kit consists of a Logitech G gaming keyboard, an accessory that positions a Vive Tracker correctly on the keyboard, and the associated software (MSRP U.S. $150). Logitech will be seeding 50 of these kits to select developers with the goal of partnering to create compelling new experiences centered around a VR keyboard.

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“Whether you’re doing work or surfing the web you sometimes need the ability to enter text, and Logitech has made it easier to use your keyboard in VR. With Bridge, you can see your physical keyboard, your hands and type without having to take your headset off.”

We will be accepting applications. from today through November 16, 2017 for the initial 50 slots in our developers program. If there is sufficient interest we may build additional kits for purchase after the initial batch is distributed.

Why Logitech and Virtual Reality?

Logitech has a small team focused on understanding and exploring experiences in the Virtual and Augmented Reality ecosystems, and how Logitech might improve those experiences. As part of that exploration, we’ve worked closely with the HTC Vive team and we are ready to share this Beta Experience with the development community.

Why did we do something like this?

During our initial explorations of VR, we were struck by the fact that keyboard use and text entry were necessary but not natural — and we’ve heard similar complaints from others. Our motivation comes from the research-backed understanding that in certain situations the user still needs a keyboard to interact with applications, particularly in productivity-driven or desktop scenarios, but also in games, social applications and content browsing.

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“We’ve been working with Logitech over the past year and think what they’ve created is the solution we all need. Virtual keyboards are great for simple interactivity, but for productivity and collaboration there’s nothing quite like the tactile feel of typing on an actual physical keyboard. Being able to see your keyboard in VR makes it significantly easier to type and interact with our computers.”

We believe that a physical keyboard should be present, as it delivers essential tactile feedback and a universal experience that people value. Whether you are using a keyboard for gaming, communication or productivity, it is an effective and efficient tool. Besides letters, numbers and symbols, keyboards provide a range of modifier keys for more complex actions, all learned, perhaps painfully, and stored in your memory over years of use.

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“Enabling the Web is critical to the expansion of VR and having a keyboard is essential to making that happen. That’s why we’re excited about the work Logitech is doing on this front. We are so impressed with what they’ve created and know that it will only get better with time.”

But VR can transform and augment that trusty keyboard – so easy to disregard – into a contextually aware companion for whatever application you use, becoming a palette for your creative workflow, dynamically providing you with any commands and shortcuts you need.

The customization can range from simple to complex. Ever wanted to change the font on your keys? Make the font bigger? Highlight keys that work in a given app, or make the ones that don’t invisible? How about changing the color of your keyboard or keys?

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.



How did we do it?

We had a challenging problem to solve within the constraints of the existing system. Early on, we worked with some key development partners like Virtual Desktop, BigScreen and Autodesk, among others and surveyed the community to ask about their experiences and built toward this day based on what we’d learned.

[qupte=Joel Pennington, AR and VR strategy and development, Autodesk]“We met with Logitech in August and were really keen to see the latest in VR peripherals because it’s a natural fit for many of our professional customer workflows.”[/quote]


The result? We’ve created a way for the HTC Vive Tracker to represent a keyboard across the Steam VR system. It is this software piece that presents the user with an overlaid virtual representation of their keyboard in any VR application, complete with animations when keys are pressed. It’s compatible with all apps that are developed based on SteamVR. The developer’s application does not need to manage anything, the overlay appears automatically as soon as the associated Vive Tracker is turned on. It also affords the opportunity to skin the keyboard in a variety of ways, as mentioned above, allowing developers to create unique experiences for their communities.

Our work didn’t stop there, we know that for a true typing experience you need to see your hands, and we’ve created a way to use the Vive’s existing tracking to do that. We’ve put in a lot of hard work to develop this experience so far and we know it can go much further with the creativity of the developer community.

When do we get started?

We’re accepting applications for participation in the developer program beginning today. Participation is open to developers based in the U.S. and you can find the application here. The submission period ends November 16.

Please be aware that this is a BETA version of this SDK and in this current iteration it is purely a Proof of Concept to spark discussion and feedback from you, the development community. You can expect to see bugs and robustness issues, but we are working continuously to fix them.

I invite you to submit an application for your project and how a system like the one we are offering would enhance your application or the user experience.
I am excited to see where this journey will go!

Vincent Tucker
Director of Innovations and Strategy at Logitech

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VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Using a headset and wireless controllers in each hand, you can now explore and interact with VR experiences, apps and games that blur the line between imagination and reality.

Breathtaking visual experiences are provided by a headset that features a 110° field of view and 32 sensors for precise tracking for total immersion. The 2160 x 1200 resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate deliver detailed graphics and lifelike motion for smooth gameplay and realistic movement. Fluid interaction is provided by two wireless controllers, each with HD haptic feedback, dual-stage triggers, and multi-function trackpads. Each controller features 24 sensors for 360° one-to-one tracking that mirrors hand movements. Room-scale motion tracking is enabled by two base stations that sync wirelessly avoiding the need for additional cords.

Vive’s built-in convenience and safety features are seamlessly integrated for an uninterrupted experience. The Chaperone guidance system alerts you if you approach the boundaries of the play space, while a front-facing camera blends physical elements into the virtual world. These features, working in concert, allow Vive to transport users to worlds that are truly beyond the imagination. Discover Vive today, and see for yourself: THIS IS REAL.

Key features:
  • SteamVR Powered – Enjoy over 1500 games for SteamVR, plus everything you love about Steam, including new releases, automatic game updates and millions of your closest friends.
  • Fully immersive – Precise, 360-degree controller and headset tracking, realistic graphics, directional audio and HD haptic feedback mean realistic movement and actions in the virtual world. It doesn’t get more first-person than this.
  • Up to 15’ x 15’ room-scale stage to explore – Teleport around boundless virtual worlds sitting at your desk, or create a dedicated room-scale play area where you can physically walk around. SteamVR™ Tracking provides the best experience possible, so play the way that works for you – seated, standing or room-scale.
  • Play safer – The Chaperone system warns you about the boundaries of your play area, so you stay immersed in VR without worrying about the real-world. The front-facing camera also gives you a glimpse of the real-world – so you can sit down, grab a drink or carry on a conversation without taking off the headset.
  • Wireless controllers – two wireless, rechargeable controllers with dual stage triggers, trackpad and HD haptic feedback.
  • Phone Services – Answer incoming calls, check your text messages and view calendar event reminders as you play.

Especificações do hardware

Features

Powered by SteamVR, including SteamVR Tracking 1.0 technology and Chaperone guidance system. Two wireless motion-tracked controllers, two wirelessly synced base stations, and a headset with front-facing camera, built-in mic, 3.5 mm headphone jack and USB 2.0 port.

Usage

Room-scale, standing or seated, supporting movement within a diagonal area up to 5 m (for example 3.5 m x 3.5 m.)

Controllers

Built-in, rechargeable 960mAh lithium-ion battery.

What's Included

Vive headset, two wireless controllers, two base stations, link box, earbuds, Vive accessories, safety guide and warranty card.

Display

2160 x 1200 resolution (1080 x 1200 per eye), low persistence, global illumination, AMOLED, 90 Hz displays.

Fit

Compatible with most standard glasses. Comes with two face cushion options and adjustable strap. Adjustable IPD and eye relief distances.

Recommended PC Specs

  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480, equivalent or better
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or more
  • Video output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
  • Operating system: Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1 or later

Additional Requirements

A computer running the Steam Client and a free Steam user account, subject to the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement: http://store.steampowered.com/subscriber_agreement.
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