Taipei, Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp., which entered the global virtual reality market by unveiling its first VR headset -- the Vive -- in 2015, will hold a Vive VR developer conference in Taiwan on May 3.
In a statement released on Wednesday, HTC said developers at the conference, which will be held at digiBlock Taipei, will share their efforts at developing VR applications and the commercialization of those efforts.
Through the HTC Vive Sense SDK (software development kit), HTC said, participants are expected to develop a better understanding of how to apply the latest VR technologies, such as eye-tracking and hand gesture recognition, to VR solutions.
In addition, HTC said the developer conference will allow attendees to experience the company's latest VR technologies and 5G streaming applications so new developers and students can exchange views, thereby deepening their knowledge in the field.
Since HTC introduced the HTC Vive, which went on sale globally in April 2016, it has launched follow-up devices, such as the standalone Vive Focus, the Vive Focus Plus, the Vive Pro and the Vive Pro Eve, an upgraded version of the Vive Pro, equipped with eye-tracking hardware.
Raymond Pao HTC's VR new technology division vice president, said the company will continue to look into the VR technology needs of industries and enterprises and is willing to assist business partners with VR development.
Pao said HTC has come up with advanced VR technologies, such as eye-tracking, in a bid to expand VR applications to areas not yet considered by the market.
5G technology is expected to boost creativity and bring about a change he said, adding that through its efforts in 5G development, the company envisions great potential for VR business growth.
In February, HTC unveiled the first-of-its-kind 5G mobile smart hub, which serves as a mobile hub that can stream TV shows and movies from different apps and is essentially a 5G mobile hotspot that can be used by up to 20 users at a time.
Due to its efforts in the VR business, HTC saw its sales double from a month earlier in March, when consolidated sales totaled NT$1.31 billion (US$42.39 million), up about 108 percent.
However, the March figure was still down more than 50 percent from a year earlier amid escalating competition in the global smartphone market.
In the first three month of this year, HTC's consolidated sales fell 66 percent from a year earlier to NT$2.94 billion.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel