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TI Reality Check: Making Body Tracking More Accessible

By  |  March 25, 2021 11:23 AM PDT
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For many people, the feeling of immersion that VR apps strive for can be shattered in an instant when the virtual bodies of their avatars don’t respond to the movement of their real bodies. While a number of tech companies are working on solving this problem, an especially interesting new startup, Tundra Labs, on Monday will open up orders for a new product that could address it.

The startup’s new Tundra Trackers are small, wireless devices that can be used to track users’ limbs and other objects in a virtual world. The trackers, which will cost $95 each, can be used with VR systems from a variety of companies. What makes the trackers intriguing is their relatively small size and price compared to the latest trackers from HTC, which cost $130. (HTC offers an older body tracker at $99, but Tundra’s is smaller and claims better battery life.)

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