BARCELONA – HTC Corporation has made a lot of news at Mobile World Congress 2015, and in all actuality, the HTC One M9 might have been the least exciting of all of the announcements made by the tech company. Interestingly, HTC made big splashes in the wearable and virtual reality space as well, in addition to the waves that were made in the smartphone arena – where they released their latest flagship device – the HTC One M9.
While many felt that the HTC One M9 was lackluster and disappointing due to the lack of new features that the phone would bring to the table, it delivered innovation in other areas where HTC really wasn’t expected to make a big splash. HTC showed off its Vive – a virtual reality headset aimed at competing with Valve’s StreamVR headset. That being said, Vive is nearly complete in terms of production, but the company noted that it would not be launching until closer to the end of the year.
The HTC Vive can track movements in a space up to 15 feet by 15 feet and can handle 90 frames per second. While that might not seem like an important factor – it’s important since the competition can only max out at 60 frames per second. Even more impressively, the Vive will be coming with a set of controllers that will be dubbed “VR controllers,” which will go a long way to making the experience less mechanical.
Then comes the HTC Grip, which is the company’s attempt at wearable technology that can be incorporated into daily life. The fitness tracker will show a time and date by default, and will have a stylish setup that will make it easy to incorporate into daily wear. Interestingly, the company decided to work with Under Armour in developing and making this product come to life. Under Armour’s fitness tracking is ultimately what will be used inside to track workouts, runs, and any other physical activity that the Grip can track.
Possibly the most impressive thing that HTC did with this device is a decision they made to leave something out. They made the decision that it would be best for them to leave the heart rate monitor out of the Grip, instead of including it – to the detriment of many wearables on the market today. That has consistently been one thing that has been flagged continually as a disappointment, and HTC’s willingness to leave it out just shows how able the company is actually to make an impact on the wearable community.