HTC Vive Air Concept Leaked Would Solve a Major Problem

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Image: HTC/World Design Guide

The future is VR fitness, sweetie! But one big problem exists: sweat. It’s less fun, if sweat gets into your eye ball during an intense session, so it’s funny like fitness games, and then cleansing your headset properly. All these things are fascinating for HTC Vive Air

Specifically intended for fitness games, the concept headset that was released through the World Design Guide Prizes (via the Engadget) and is “optimized for high intensity, for long use.” The headset itself is made from a “innovative lightweight” structure with knitted materials which enhance ventilation and dry quickly, according to a brief product descriptor. It is also possible to remove soft components for washing using a quick-release mechanism.

Yes, please, please, please. While headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 reduce the burden of fitness games by removing the cords and lighting up the headset, it is still not the perfect solution for fitness. You have porous foam padding that is a sweat magnet and the only real solution is to either have a sports-friendly barrier mask or wipe your stuff with bacterial wipes and let them dry naturally. Nobody wants a stinky VR headset, particularly if you want to use it for other nonsweaty games. It seems like no brainer to add a more breathable material you might also throw into the wash.

Image: HTC/World Design Guide

As these pictures only show, it is not possible to say how light this headset would be. HTC Vive Air is. (Any product called “Air” implies that it really is freaking light.) I won’t say I want to do HIIT complete full-blown exercises with VR tuck jumps. Sounds… dangerous. That sounds. However, it gives you the chance to make more dynamic movements without feelings too heavy or bulky (pop squats or climbers, maybe?).

Just as nice as it was, we’re going to have to calm down somewhat. While an HTC spokesperson on Engadget says the device will be launched in 2021, “just a concept” is a news item on the World Design Guide but “elements and inspirations” from the design can be found in other HTC products, too. That said, I’m still waiting for a VR headset which won’t be stupid while it works, I’ll probably wait forever.