HTC Improves Hand Tracking On The VIVE Focus 3

A new firmware update introduces six predefined hand gestures and opens up opportunities for quality of life.

HTC VIVE Focus 3 is an impressive VR headset with its dual 2.88 “LCD panels, Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, magnetic packaging and easily accessible replaceable battery.

One of the most exciting features of VIVE Focus 3 is the AI-powered hand tracking. Thanks to a recent firmware update, the hand tracking experience has been further enhanced, providing better stability, performance and accuracy in VR. The headset tracks your hands in real time using a 26-point skeletal hand modeling system; even super-fast hand movements can be tracked with a high degree of accuracy.

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Along with improved stability and performance, developers can now easily integrate six predefined hand gestures into their experiences. “Point”, “Fist”, “Ok”, “Like”, “Five” (all fingers straight) and “Victory”, with the possibility that more movements will be included in the near future.

These movements can be used in a variety of VR experiences. Because the hand tracking engine is OpenXR compliant and extremely resource efficient, it opens up more hand gesture options for developers.

The first thing you will notice after upgrading is that your hands feel more natural and reliable in VR. Thanks to the aforementioned hand modeling system, you are able to wiggle and snap your fingers as you would in real life, whether you are grabbing a virtual object or pressing a virtual button.

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To get started, simply put your Focus 3 controllers aside and keep your hands up in front of you while in VR. The external sensors will automatically locate your hands and start tracking your movements and movements.

There are still some limitations you need to be aware of when using hand tracking on VIVE Focus 3. You want to avoid complicated backgrounds as well as low or unbalanced lighting conditions in the camera frame. You also need to make sure to roll up your sleeves and make sure your wrists are visible to the four built-in cameras and avoid any awkward side view.

Another thing to keep in mind is that hand tracking quality will depend a lot on the platform, VR headset and fashion. For example, more complicated experiences can result in less reliable hand tracking.

The enhanced hand-tracking experience will allow you to navigate VR environments in a way that feels much more intuitive, and will be a big step in making VR more accessible to users as they explore the possibilities of the meta-verse. It also opens up opportunities for quality of life to explore VR for people dealing with physical disabilities, which prevents them from interacting with VR in a more conventional way.

For more information on HTC VIVE’s hand tracking engine, skip to HTC developer hub.

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