The kit for the HTC Vive is comprehensive and functional, with Valve and HTC supplying everything required to immerse yourself in virtual reality (VR) worlds. But what if budding VR enthusiasts think of ways to improve the experience even further. Well HTC is running a competition to encourage just that called the ‘VIVE Accessory Design Contest’
HTC is challenging anyone to come up with an accessory for either the head-mounted display (HMD), controllers, Lighthouse base stations or all three. After entries are submitted, the Viveport community will then vote on their favourites. The three entries that accrue the most votes will each win a HTC Vive. And as an added bonus for the entry with the most votes, the design will then be 3D printed by HTC Vive team.
So for budding inventors or designers is to think of an accessory that would compliment the VR system, it can be entirely practical or completely of-the-wall, whatever it takes to get noticed really. The one stipulation in the first stage is that entrants must be able to upload an image of the design.
You’ll then need to register on the HTC Vive forums before heading to the contest page to enter. After which you can then promote your design via social media to get those votes up.
There’s a big PDF of rules and regulations on the contest page but the basics for entry are that entrants need to be 18 or over and live in the following countries: United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Mexico or Japan.
The Vive Accessory Design Contest runs from now until 7th, November 2016, with the last submissions being uploaded to the Viveport Community by 30th, October 2016.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the contest, reporting back with any further updates.