HTC has announced a new batch of tracking devices for the Vive Pro virtual reality glasses, including those that capture facial expressions and mouth movements.
And is connected Vive Facial Tracker $ 130 worth of glasses, Vive Pro, andIt uses two cameras and infrared illumination to record lip, cheek, and jaw movements and then translate that into virtual facial expressions.
VIVE Facial Tracker precisely captures expressions and gestures through 38 blends across the lips, jaws, teeth, tongue, cheeks and chin.
HTC says the Vive Facial Tracker – which tracks up to 38 facial movements – is coming soon for users.
HTC unveiled an experimental VR face tracker in 2019, and posted the product earlier this week on Twitter.
A few developers, such as the creators of the social space Neos VR, worked with the tool. HTC hasn’t confirmed Even today A massive commercial launch.
VIVE Facial Tracker can be paired with VIVE Pro Eye integrated eye tracking for an entire face tracking experience. This effectively does most of the user direct into a glyph or motion capture system.
And there, too New release HTC’s third-generation VIVE Tracker is a general-purpose virtual reality tracker.
Palm-sized trackers are 33 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than the previous generation, and HTC promises to increase battery life by 75 percent. It should be released soon for $ 130.
And depending on the exact date, they might end up competing with Tundra Tracker Next up – a smaller SteamVR-based alternative that’s expected to ship this summer.
These HTC units provide accurate and accurate tracking of parts of the body that are not captured by the standard VR sensors.
Many social experiences of virtual reality estimate people’s lip movement based on sound, but a new face tracker can directly capture how faces move, reflecting expressions like smiles and frowns.
Likewise, VR trackers can be installed via dedicated consoles or attached to straps on people’s legs or feet – which often render rudimentary animations or not display at all in virtual reality.
The face tracker appears to have limited compatibility, as it was listed as working with the professional-level Vive Pro line, but not with the newer consumer-focused Vive Cosmos.
As noted by virtual reality developer Olivier JT via Twitter, The face tracker also doesn’t appear to support Valve Index, a high-end eyeglasses whose hardware setup interferes with Vive Pro.
However, face tracking could become an increasingly important part of the current generation of virtual reality.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this week that Oculus’ virtual reality division is prioritizing capturing eye movement and facial expressions in future devices as well as releasing more realistic virtual avatars.