HTC Vive Flow app turns car rides into moving VR theme park experiences


HTC has teamed up with a company known as Holoride to allow you to use its Vive Flow VR headset to rework your car into an amusement park — with out making you carsick. The concept is that if you don the headset, you will seem inside a curler coaster or different expertise, however the movement will match up completely with the motion of the car. 

Holoride is backed partially by Audi with the purpose of making “an entirely new media category for passengers by connecting Extended Reality (XR) content with data points from the vehicle in real time,” in accordance with the press launch. The Vive Flow, in the meantime, is a light-weight (189 gram or 0.42 kilos), $499 VR headset constructed particularly for leisure and wellness. 

It’s not simply amusement parks you’ll go to just about, but additionally “virtual worlds” together with 2D content material on a “virtual, motion-synchronized cinema screen,” Holoride notes. In different phrases, it sounds prefer it’ll additionally allow you to watch films or different content material with out barfing as you usually may on an everyday display screen. 

Holoride is just not precisely reinventing the wheel right here, as I had an analogous expertise again in 2017 with Renault’s Symbioz idea EV, that drove me 80 MPH whereas a wore a VR headset. The expertise was surprisingly seamless, even again then, because the digital surroundings matched up completely with the car’s motion on the autoroute (freeway) — protecting me from feeling sick. Audi, Volvo and different automakers have additionally performed with VR headsets that synchronize visuals with car motion. 

Holoride will function on what is probably a extra sensible and light-weight headset, although it isn’t precisely low cost at $499. It affords first rate visible with two 1.6K, 75 Hz shows with a 100-degree area of view. However, one draw back for this objective is that it does not have as many movement sensors as extra traditional VR headsets, so it requires a mirror-mounted dongle to assist observe car movement. 

A headset additionally is not very social, nevertheless it could possibly be helpful on lengthy journeys for those who or the driving force wish to take a dialog break. There’s no phrase but on when the expertise may arrive, however Holoride will likely be exhibiting it off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona from February twenty eighth to March third. 

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