Besides its new flagship phone, HTC One M8, the company has also launched two new wearables – The Grip fitness tracker and Vive virtual reality headset. While The Grip is a regular fitness tracker priced at $199, The HTC Vive promises to be a revolutionary virtual reality headset.
The Grip has been crafted under partnership with Under Armour and is fitted with a curved 1.8 Inch PMOLED display, that can mirror notifications from iOS or Android running devices. This waterproof piece of wearable tech is targeted at hardcore fitness enthusiasts.
There is a 100 mAh battery, which can last for more than 2 days with GPS off and for upto 5 hours with GPS on, according to HTC. This fitness band can work with Under Armor Record, and some other fitness tracking applications. You can track activities like running, cycling and sync your data using supported apps.
HTC Grip will be compatible with Android 4.3+ and iOS 7+ devices and will be available in Spring 2015 for $199.
HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset
HTC Vive has been launched in partnership with Valve and stream gaming service. HTC is confident that by the end of the year it will have the first mass use version of a virtual reality device, which will be the larger legacy of the company.
HTC Vive uses Valve’s Steam VR tracking and input technologies to offer immersive VR experience. It will introduce a full room scale 360 degree solution. This means you can walk in a room and consume VR content instead of sitting in one place. This will be achieved using “Tracked Controllers”.
HTC will be entering subjects like gaming, Travel, education, training, Health and fitness, shopping, Movies, etc. with this headset. Developer edition will be available in Spring 2015, and consumer edition will arrive by the end of this year.