It looks like an interesting upgrade kit has arrived for HTC Vive users. More specifically, there is a new eye tracking VR developer kit available for this HMD. While this is not necessarily designed for consumer usage, it is only a matter of time until eye tracking arrives on the HTC Vive. Developers will be quite pleased with this development, as they can provide better content for VR users worldwide.
Tobii Eye Tracking Dev Kit Now Available
People who have been keeping a close eye on new VR hardware may have heard of Tobii before. The company showcases its eye tracking hardware at several conferences this year. The development kit for this technology is now available for order by the public. This is a major milestone for the company, as well as the entire virtual reality industry. Eye tracking is an often-requested feature among VR users.
With this new developer kit, it is only a matter of time until new content is built which utilizes eye tracking technology. Both games, apps, and other content will benefit from this development. Moreover, it provides a general idea of how eye tracking will perform in the virtual reality world. This technology is still in the early stages and collecting valuable feedback is of the utmost importance right now.
What makes this product by Tobii so interesting is their choice for the HTC Vive specifically. According to the company, this particular HMD provides the best-realized vision for VR. This does not mean the technology will only be available on this platform in the future, though. Other companies will undoubtedly work on eye tracking features as well over the coming years. Moreover, Tobii’s VR4 platform supports tethered, untethered, and mobile HMDs alike.
It is evident eye tracking is a vital piece of technology for the virtual reality industry. It will provide a higher level of immersion in both games and applications. It also improves social interactions in VR, especially in multi-player gaming and meetings. Furthermore, eye tracking allows games and apps to help users position their HMD in the optimal position. It will be interesting to see how successful this dev kit will be in the coming years.
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