The latest from HTC Vive is a face tracker to capture the expressions of our face in virtual reality
HTC, which is one of the great exponents of virtual reality, has just launched a curious and peculiar accessory for its VR glasses: a face tracker. In short, it is a device that fits under the glasses and that, as explained by the company, is capable of track up to 38 facial movements on the lips, jaw, teeth, tongue, chin and cheeks. The objective? To get more realistic avatars.
Its name is Vive Facial Tracker and it is compatible with the glasses of the Vive Pro series, which leaves out other devices such as the Vive Cosmos. It is more focused on the business world that the games and their price is 139 euros. It can be purchased now on the HTC Vive website.
Latency-free face tracking
The idea of the Vive Facial Tracker is improve non-verbal communication a little, one of the most important parts of communication. Although there are already virtual reality platforms that allow you to create avatars and react in real time with emojis or facial expressions, the objective of Vive Facial Tracker is to allow the interlocutors to see the expressions of other people.
It is, in a way, something similar to what we have seen in animojis, saving distances. The Vive Facial Tracker scan the entire lower part of the face, so it knows if we are moving our mouths, sticking out our tongues, gesturing in any way, etc. Thus, if we speak while using the device, our avatar will move its mouth simulating our own movements.
They explain from HTC that the device uses dual cameras to capture movement from all angles, which use infrared lighting to work in low light conditions and has a latency of ten milliseconds, something important if we want the movement of the lips of the avatar to accompany our voice. The tracking frequency is 60 Hz.
The Vive Facial Tracker works with the Vive Pro Eye and other models in the Vive Pro series. His approach is clearly professional, although it could also have potential in video games. The development SDK, available on the Vive website, is compatible with Unity and Unreal Engine, so the developers already have everything to get to work. As we indicated previously, the price of the device is 139 euros.
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