Wellingtonians have the opportunity to experience the most advanced Virtual Reality yet with the HTC Vive being demonstrated at Noel Leeming’s Featherston Street store from today.
The electronics and appliances retailer has brought an HTC Vive headset to New Zealand to be able to give customers a Virtual Reality (VR) master class experience. While the technology isn’t expected to be available in New Zealand retail until later this year, for the next week people can head into Noel Leeming Featherston Street store to experience the next evolution of VR. The kit, which includes a HP workstation, will then go to Christchurch as part of the roadshow.
Unlike current VR software and headsets on the market, HTC Vive allows people to walk around and interact with the environment around them. While other VR headsets deliver a passive and stationary experience, HTC Vive is an immersive experience that uses wireless controllers to deliver a sense of touch, plus high end graphics and 360 degree motion tracking.
Noel Leeming CEO Tim Edwards says that as New Zealand’s leading consumer electronics and appliances retailer, Noel Leeming wants to delight Kiwis with new technology experiences that will blow their minds.
“We’re delighted to be able to give New Zealanders the opportunity to experience the latest in Virtual Reality technology. The HTC Vive is what the world is talking about and Kiwis no longer need to imagine what it feels like. They can come and take ten minutes to experience the future, now,” says Edwards.
Customers will be able to experience “The Lab” - a compilation of VR content or “experiments” by content developer Valve. There will be eight experiments that include games, unique and exotic places, a solar system experience plus a creative application with Google Tilt Brush.
HP has provided Noel Leeming with an HP Envy Phoenix desktop, a high performance and powerful PC that has the necessary features to drive the HTC Vive.
The HTC Vive will be on show at the Noel Leeming, 170 Featherston Street store until 19 July.