HTC's VR fitness headset has won a prize before its release, but what's so special about it?

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HTC's VR fitness headset wins a design prize before it's official, but what's so special about it?

A mysterious virtual reality headset designed by HTC has appeared on the World Design Guide website. And it has already won a best design award in the "products" category. However it has not yet been officially announced, let alone made available.

So what is this innovation? The HTC VIVE Air, not yet launched but already an award winner? Specially designed for virtual fitness, this headset is optimized for high intensity and long-term use and composed of breathable fabric to improve ventilation during intense exercise. The design of this product would allow the components of the helmet to be removed for easy washing. So is this a leak for a device that will potentially be announced at the VIVECON event? The answer is no. This headset is nothing more than a concept, at least for now. In a statement given to UploadVR, HTC confirmed that the ViveAir is not a real product.

"While this is only a concept, the design language has elements and inspirations you'll see elsewhere in our products. We're not ones to rest on our laurels, so although it's great to win this award, we have business to attend to -- hopefully we'll see you on 11/12 May at ViveCon," read the statement.

In the images available on the manufacturer's website, it appears that the headset would be autonomous and wireless. A way for HTC to interest its future customers perhaps before releasing the successor to the ViveFocus. Meanwhile, as fitness continues to climb in the VR ecosystem, some companies like FitXR have even launched entire monthly subscription services to virtual gyms.

Axel Barre