The HTC Vive Air VR headset was disclosed via a design award by a Hanover-based organization. The VR headset will be the latest addition to HTC’s Vive VR family of headsets which includes the Cosmos, Pro and Focus series. Images of HTC Vive Air have been shared on the design award website and the description states that the headset was made for virtual fitness and was inspired by athletic shoes. However, HTC reportedly said it was only a concept and no longer shared information about the Vive Air VR headset.
First spotted by Twitter user and VR enthusiasts Cas and Chary VR, the HTC Vive Air headset was on the iF World award list and images of the headset were shared on the iF World website. Design Guide. The pictures show a white and gray helmet with yellow accents and a Vive branding on the shoulder straps. There are four sensors on the front of the helmet, which appears to be foam padding and an adjustable shoulder strap.
The description on the website says: “The VIVE Air VR headset is specially designed for virtual fitness, optimized for high intensity with prolonged use. Inspired by athletic shoes, the new headset introduces knitted materials into virtual reality to deliver unprecedented comfort and fit. Breathable, quick-drying fabrics improve ventilation during heated exercise. ”
This knitted design can be seen in the pictures and it looks like a lightweight VR headset with a sufficient amount of padding. It also has a quick release design for soft components which will be great for cleaning and washing.
According to a statement made to UploadVR by HTC, the iF Design Award winning Vive Air is just a concept, but its “design language has elements and inspirations you will see elsewhere in our HTC products.” HTC recently announced that it will be hosting its ViveCon 2021 event starting May 11, where it is expected to unveil a new VR headset. At this point, it’s unclear if the Vive Air VR headset will be unveiled at the event.