During CES 2017 in January HTC announced two new accessories for the Vive head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker. Later on the same month the company then opened applications for developers to get hold of the latter device, to which its had a very successful response.
HTC has revealed today its received over 2,300 submissions from the Vive developer community, with only 1,000 free trackers available. Due to the volume of applications, HTC will be keeping them open as it continues to review every submission.
“We are already seeing fresh thinking for VIVE Tracker and we couldn’t be more excited by the breadth and depth of the applications we’ve received,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM, US and EMEA, HTC VIVE. “For us, the tracker represents an important investment in the VR community to grow the future of VR without limits on experimentation.”
Developers that got in early and have seen their submissions approved should begin to see the trackers arrive as shipments began last week.
The interest for the Vive Tracker comes from its ability to be attached to real world objects allowing them to be brought into a virtual world. Intern this should allow companies to prototype and market more immersive controllers and accessories, helping drive the growth of the Vive eco-system.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the Vive Tracker, reporting back with any further updates.