The HTC Vive may be about to go wireless.
If you’ve messed around much with Valve’s VR headset, you may have run into some trouble with cable management. It’s a bit difficult to be fully immersed in a virtual environment when you’ve constantly got to worry about tripping over the cable that connects the headset to a PC. However, Valve’s now teaming up with Bulgarian startup Quark to try and eliminate the need the for the cable entirely.
Quark’s proposed solution still has a few wires, but they’re not the kind you can trip over. Instead of connecting to a PC, the headset would instead be wired to a small transmitter that users can clip to a belt or place in a pocket. That transmitter then wirelessly conveys information to the PC.
“Getting the experience to feel seamless through Wi-Fi, keeping in mind the inevitable connection delay, was a huge challenge,” the Quark team wrote in a blog post. “But we’re getting extremely close to being able to show it in action!”
There’s no date yet for when Quark and Valve will unveil the near-wireless prototype, and depending on how testing goes, transmitting that much data that quickly and seamlessly over Wi-Fi may still prove to be too much of a challenge. Still, Quark and Valve have confirmed that both companies are working together to create “the perfect way to experience[the] HTC Vive,” and the teams expect a prototype to be ready for testing later this year.