Part of the consequences of the canceled Mobile World Congress is that a series of products, ideas and designs planned for unveiling are now being exhibited in Barcelona without the context and context of the massive technical meeting.
Two of those releases come from VR giant HTC Vive, who just unveiled a few new designs for headsets that pierce the VR layer and enter the realm of augmented reality.
In essence, the two designs, called Project Proton, are concept devices without setting the release date (for the time being). And like most concept devices, the company does not release much information about what functions the devices could perform.
"Project Proton is a prototype of a future and a X R glasses-style device from HTC Vive that we hope to hear from the community as we continue to work on the product , "said a spokesperson for HTC in a statement sent to Next Reality.
"Proton is in two styles designed: an all-in-one and what we call an & # 39; all-in-two & # 39 ;, a headset powered by a processing module (such as a smartphone). No specifications or further details are currently being developed shared. "
Despite the lack of specifications, based on the designs, and compare it to what we already have on the market we can make an informed estimate of where HTC Vive is possible with these concept devices.
The larger Project Proton device (above) looks like a VR headset, with dual sensors and possible transit cameras & # 39; s on But the highlight is that the device seems to borrow a bit of the HoloLens 2 design by placing the processor, battery, and other components of the device in a rear-mounted housing, so although the device is focused on VR, the overall design indicates potential future high-end AR aspirations.
Regarding the other, smaller Project Proton device, the AR tips become a lot bolder there. As mentioned by HTC Vive, a separate processing unit such as a smartphone would power the device, and place it in the devices category such as the Nreal Light.
However, unlike the Nreal Light, the HTC wearable does not attempt to mimic the appearance of shades and instead gets the appearance of ski goggles. That larger form factor may not be so mainstream-friendly, but it can give HTC more physical component space in terms of creating an immersive, high-quality AR experience.
Unfortunately, HTC does not commit to a release date to turn these concepts into real products, so for the time being they are more of a test run to gauge the interest of the compelling computer community. Based on a few positive early responses, it seems that HTC may want to continue with at least one of these sleek new concepts.