At the end of September at the conference of developers HTC Vive in Beijing and at the same time held in Shanghai conference Vive Ecosystem Conference, the Chinese startup 7invensun debuted with the new tracking module of the eye, which not only cost $ 150 (¥ 1,100 RMB), but is designed to support all VR headsets HTC.
Named Droolon F1, a new module 7invensun designed to track views, was originally announced for the target of the campaign Vive Cosmos — headset virtual reality with tracking inside-out, which went on sale October 3 for $ 700.
However, as the official partner of HTC product, 7invensun States that Droolon F1 will also be compatible with the original Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Vive Focus and Focus Plus.
Official information in English yet, although, according to the Chinese edition of the CNW (in Chinese), Droolon F1 is connected to the VR headset via USB and uses the USB port for sync data transmission of the two eyes. The standard version, according to CNW , has a sampling frequency of 120 Hz, but can be configured to operate at a frequency of 240 Hz.
That is not a 7invensun nor HTC did not mention which countries they intend to support when you start Droolon F1, however, the price of $ 150 was presented on stage at the event-oriented enterprises in Shanghai, which points to likely offer outside of China. It is expected that pre-orders start in November, and shipment will occur in December.
Unlike previous modules 7invensun aGlass, which used a proprietary API interface to track eye movements, Droolon F1, as they say, uses the official API tracking eye movements, SRanipal SDK . In fact, this allows developers to focus both on Droolon F1 and Vive Pro Eye, corporate HTC headset with integrated eye tracking.
They say that the size of the module is smaller compared to previous methods of tracking the eyes, which weigh just 60 g. It has a more convenient Assembly, the proposed three-minute setting.
Originally 7invensun released its first module aGlass (DK1) for HTC Vive at the end of 2016, and then released a second iteration in 2017. Shortly after this the company was accepted in the second batch of accelerator Vive X from HTC, which provided the financial investments of the company. A year later, 7invensun confirmed DK2 compatibility aGlass with Vive Pro .
As in previous products, Droolon F1 targeted at developers. Current apps and games can’t use ready-made track without creating specifically for this task, although the low price may be attractive not only for a wide range of developers, but also for the (ultra) early users who want to experience the first experience made specifically with the needs of the eye.