The wire stretching from the virtual reality headset to the computer or game console hinders to completely dissolve in VR-worlds and imposes tangible restrictions on the user. That’s why the big players of the still young VR market are actively working on improving the technology to make their devices as convenient and autonomous as possible. The first solution to the “wire problem” was offered by Taiwanese engineers from HTC. And Intel helped them in this.
The updated virtual reality helmet Vive is equipped with an additional module, which is attached to the top surface of the user’s head. This module helped to develop the American corporation Intel based on the interface WiGig (802.11ad). This wireless technology operates on an unlicensed 60 GHz band and allows data transfer at speeds up to 7 Gb / s, which is more than 10 times faster than the 802.11n speed. For virtual reality, it is critically important that there is no delay in transferring the image to the VR headset. If the delays are large, the user shakes in seconds. Thanks to the WiGig technology, the delay increases by only 7 ms, when compared with wire-based signal transmission.
Of course, the computer for WiGig signal transmission must be equipped with an appropriate module. The expansion card is inserted into the PCIe port and allows you to transfer the signal to the Vive headset without any problems. If your computer is not equipped with the necessary port or you want to connect Vive to a powerful gaming laptop, we have bad news for you. Nothing will come of it. It’s not quite clear how things stand with the battery life. The manufacturer keeps silence on this matter. Let us remind you that similar devices for the Vive headset are also used by Quark VR and TPcast .