New HTC Vive headset Pictures leaked: Fast, slim and modular

HTC New headset

HTC has been teasing a new VR headset for several weeks. YouTuber Brad Lynch claims to have obtained information on the design and technology.

Lynch obtained photographs of the VR headgear from industry insiders, notably those in the supply chain. Lynch had 3D artist Marcus Kane construct renderings of the gadget based on those pictures to protect the sources of the leak. Lynch has previously collaborated with Kane on his Quest Pro leaks. Kane had to take design liberties in several parts since the photographs released to Lynch did not show the headgear from all sides.

A Mix of Vive Flow and Vive Focus 3

HTC’s latest headset is yet to be named. Lynch refers to it as the HTC Vive “Flowcus” because it combines the HTC Vive Flow’s design and small form factor with the HTC Vive Focus 3’s technological capability (review).

The housing is visually similar to the Vive Flow and features pancake lenses, thus the headset itself is fairly small. Technically, the gadget is far more powerful: It functions totally autonomously, much as the Vive Focus 3.

As a portable PC, Vive Flow still required a smartphone. According to Lynch’s sources, the integrated SoC is “far quicker” than the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1, which is used in Meta Quest 2 and Vive Focus 3, among other games.

Lynch’s sources were unable to determine which chip it is. The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 is the most probable contender, and it is expected to be introduced tonight. It might provide up to three times the graphics performance of the previous generation CPU. According to Lynch, the HTC Vive “Flowcus” is a complete 6-DoF headset. As input devices, the Vive Focus 3 controllers are employed. Although Vive Flow had 6-DoF, it only had a 3-DoF smartphone controller.

Colour passthrough and diopter adjustment are now available in the new Vive headset

HTC’s latest headgear, like the Pico 4, includes four tracking cameras and an RGB sensor. colour passthrough is said to be available with the HTC Vive “Flowcus.” The VR headgear contains two integrated LC screens with 1,920 by 1,920-pixel resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120 hertz.

The HTC Vive “Flowcus” incorporates what is perhaps the nicest feature of the HTC Vive Flow: a visual acuity adjustment right on the lenses, allowing you to select your diopter number without the need for a headset or contact lenses. In contrast to the HTC Vive Flow, the lens

distance may be changed via a physical slider. A light shield may be attached to the enclosure for complete VR immersion.

The new HTC headset is compatible with both PC and USB-C connections

The modular design of the HTC Vive “Flowcus” is one of its most intriguing features: the back component of the head mount, which also houses the battery, can be replaced.

This enables the gadget to be utilised as very lightweight glasses for on-the-go use, with a USB-C connection connecting it to an external player (such as a smartphone or PC) (see cover picture). The temples may be folded down like genuine glasses in this “glasses mode.”

The audio is provided via inbuilt stereo speakers. Lynch The HTC Vive “Flowcus” also features a USB-C connector, according to Lynch. This might be for eye and facial tracking modules, similar to the Vive Focus 3, allowing the headset to be updated with hardware features in the future.

According to Lynch’s sources, the device will be released in early 2023 at a cost to customers. Since HTC is not known for subsidizing hardware, the headset will probably not be cheap anyway. According to Lynch’s insiders, the price will be less than $1,000. HTC could unveil the device in January at CES 2023. 

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Snap and Amazon partner on AR shopping in the Snapchat app, Initially for eyewear

Snapchat and amazon partnership

With the recent announcement that Amazon will now offer Snapchat users the chance to digitally try on eyewear designs from a variety of prominent brands,

Snap has gained a significant new partner for its augmented reality-powered Virtual Try-On purchasing experience. According to the store, the new relationship between Amazon Fashion and the social app maker would make labels such as Maui Jim, Persol, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Costa Del Mar, Others are offered to Snapchat’s 363 million daily active users for virtual try-ons. 

Hundreds of new Shopping Lenses will be made available as part of the launch, including sunglasses, reading glasses, and seasonal glasses.

The collaboration is one of several that have resulted from Snap’s investments in augmented reality shopping, where it has this year rolled out a number of upgrades to better appeal to retailers and brands, including the ability to update product information and pricing in real time, access better analytics, and create AR Shopping Lenses more easily, among other things. 

MAC Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty, American Eagle, Puma, Chanel, Walmart, LVMH, eyeglasses manufacturers Goodr and Zenni Optical, and, most recently, costume firm Disguise have all used Snapchat’s AR Shopping Lenses. 

Snap claims that during the previous year, 250 million Snapchat users have used its AR Shopping Lenses more than 5 billion times and even we at Twin reality have collaboration with some of leading companies where we create mostly focus on creating AR/VR apps and virtual events for their business.

Amazon leveraged Snap’s self-service creation system in Lens Web Builder to construct the AR shopping experience, which enabled for scalable AR asset production utilising Amazon’s existing 3D models. 

Snap claims that if the pricing of Amazon items change or an item goes out of stock, the Lenses will be instantly updated in real time.

Snap has been attempting to improve its technology in the production of Shopping Lenses. It revamped its Lens Web Builder earlier this year, allowing bands to construct ecommerce Lenses in minutes. 

Snap stated in April that it will begin providing retailers with access to a new AR image-processing technology in its 3D asset management that would make building AR shopping experiences easier and faster. 

Snap said at the time that the method leverages AI and the brand’s own photography to convert regular photographs into AR assets.

Snapchat users may locate the new Lenses on the @amazonfashion public profile on the Snapchat app, Snap’s Lens Explorer, the new “Dress-Up” menu containing AR shopping experiences, and the Snap Camera Lens Carousel to access the new Amazon AR shopping feature. 

When consumers find a pair of glasses they like, they may purchase them by tapping on a link at the bottom of the screen. This takes users to the Amazon app on their phone,

Where they may complete their purchase. We believe Snap does not collect a commission on these purchases.

Amazon also mentions that Snapchat users may now browse thousands of eyeglasses goods in the Amazon Fashion “store” page on its profile, albeit these will not be AR-enabled. While the AR purchasing experience will begin with eyeglasses, it will just be the first of many Amazon AR shopping experiences on Snapchat. We understand that the cooperation will begin with eyeglasses and then expand into other categories in the coming months.

"With the combined ingenuity and technology of Snap and Amazon, we are unleashing fascinating and enjoyable new try-on experiences for hundreds of millions of Snap chatters," said Ben Schwerin, SVP of Partnerships at Snap, in a release. "

“AR eyewear is just the beginning of our cooperation,” he added, “and we can’t wait to keep creating together.”

Amazon has previously claimed that it has invested in augmented reality purchase experiences and sees Snap as an extension of those efforts.

“On a daily basis, millions of customers use Amazon’s AR buying technology in our stores, with Virtual Try-On for Eyewear being a long-time customer favourite,” said muge erdirik Dogan, president of Amazon Fashion.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Snapchat to broaden AR buying for both fashion businesses and today’s new generation of digital buyers.”

Amazon recently announced its own AR shopping expansion, with the June 2022 debut of a new virtual try-on experience for shoes, available to consumers in the United States and Canada via the Amazon iOS app.

App users may utilise the functionality to purchase shoes from companies such as New Balance, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Saucony, Lacoste, Asics, and Superga. Previously, Amazon had only dabbled in augmented reality purchasing, experimenting in areas such as AR for furniture shopping and sillier things such as AR Stickers or AR features on its seasonal delivery boxes.

However, it’s unclear whether AR is driving a significant rise in conversions through Amazon’s own efforts, as we’d presumably see more AR features if it was. 

That might be one of the reasons Amazon is seeking for an outside partner for AR shopping — one that appeals to a younger demographic more familiar with technology and eager to browse and purchase from a social media app and we at Twin reality are working on same concept where we create AR/VR apps for our customers and users where they can experience AR related stuffs.

According to US-based market research firm Future Market Insights, the global augmented reality for retail market is estimated to be worth around $2.36 Billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at an enormous CAGR of around 43% to 46% throughout the forecast period, totalling around $23.0 Billion by the end of 2032. Increased use of cutting-edge technologies such as augmented reality by retail enterprises such as specialised stores, malls, supermarkets, department stores, and others is driving market growth.

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