In a virtual event that was broadcast this afternoon, HTC has presented a new model of its HTC Vive glasses. But I’m not talking about an augmented reality viewer or a device to play games: the brand wants let’s use these new HTC Vive Flow to practice meditation and other mental wellness exercises.
Meditation and ASMR sessions in glasses
As this approach does not require a lot of graphics power, HTC has been able to reduce the size and weight of the device to something much smaller compared to other viewers that we are used to seeing. The Vive Flow they weigh only 189 grams (my mobile weighs more), and they use a simple 7.5W USB-C cable to power themselves.
On their screens we find a combined resolution of 3.2K and a frequency of 75Hz, with a viewing angle of 100º and diopter adjusters on each eye for those who wear glasses. On its sides we have speakers with spatial audio and noise / echo cancellation, and a front fan will prevent the device from getting too hot.
The Vive Flow works paired with a phone, which also acts as a remote control in the virtual interface presented by the glasses. You can choose relaxing environments to meditate, scenarios where you can interact using ASMR sounds, or play YouTube videos or other services through Miracast.
The HTC Vive Flow cost $ 499 and will begin shipping from November, although for now only in the United States. It is a curious approach, not intended for the most demanding players but for those who want to use a visor of this style to relax or entertain themselves.