HTC has revealed that it has been partnering with Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) in developing a wireless solution for the Taiwanese company’s premium Vive virtual reality headset. This was revealed in Las Vegas during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show by a Daniel O’Brien, an HTC executive.
“[Intel and HTC are working together on a] WiGig wireless solution for the HTC Vive,” said O’Brien.
Wireless Gigabit Alliance
As a relatively new term, WiGig refers to a wireless internet connection technology that works at a super high speed. It is short for Wireless Gigabit Alliance and its importance in virtual reality is mainly because of latency. The faster the internet connection, the better as it reduces motion sickness. With the regular internet connections that are currently available, latency is still too high. WiGig also allows for compression which will, in turn, result in a better resolution.
However, despite embracing WiGig, HTC has used another transmission protocol in other products. This is the WirelessHD. While WiGig and WirelessHD are similar in some technical aspects, they are different when it comes to implementation and scope. Compared to WiGig, WirelessHD is an ancient standard and was made to transmit HD videos over distances that are not too long. With WirelessHD, data can be transmitted at the rate of 28Gbps and the protocol requires a receiver and a transmitter. Unlike WiGig which is open to all, Wireless HD is a closed standard.
HTC’s decision to explore the use of WiGig despite the fact that it has lower bandwidth than Wireless HD is the fact that when WiGig routers become commonplace in households, it might be a cheaper technology than Wireless HD since there will be no need for transmitters.
Aside from announcing the partnership, HTC also unveiled new virtual reality accessory products in Las Vegas. This included the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and Vive Tracker. The purpose of the Vive Tracker is to allow for motion tracking in a virtual reality environment. Now available with a head strap that is adjustable, the launch of the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap promised an improved user experience.
In Friday’s trading session, shares of Intel Corporation edged up by 0.22% to close the day at $36.79 a piece.