Virtual reality can track your body, your head, and even your eyes. Next is the rest of your face. Facebook Mark Zuckerberg recently discussed his interest in eye and face tracking in VR to create more realistic virtual characters. The Oculus headset does not yet have eye or face tracking technology (although the VR chip on the Quest 2 can handle it). But this spring will launch a VR accessory for PCs that can animate your virtual characters.
HTC’s latest VR accessory, Vive Facial Tracker, uses two cameras and an infrared illuminator to track facial movements at a frequency of 60 Hz, including what the company says are 38 facial movements that span lips, chin, teeth, tongue, chin, and cheeks. In VR, an accurate real-time description of almost the entire lower area is given. The face tracker is suitable for installation on the company’s business-focused Vive Pro Eye VR headset, which already has eye tracking capabilities. This $130 accessory will be available on March 24.
HTC also announced an update to its Vive Tracker, a wireless tracking device that can be connected to hands, feet or accessories to add additional objects or body movements to VR. Vive Tracker 3.0 is smaller than the previous Vive Tracker and has better battery life. According to HTC, it can work up to 7 hours. This tracker will also be available on March 24, each price is 130 US dollars.