Gaming seems to be the primary purpose of virtual reality, but HTC wants to expand its applications to business users with the Vive Pro 2.0 Kit.
At $1,399, the kit is pricier than other VR headsets out there. However, HTC is not looking to sell it to individuals and gamers. The company is targeting corporations that have the deep pockets to purchase a kit with premium specifications.
HTC Vive Pro 2.0 Kit Inclusions
The HTC Vive Pro 2.0 Kit also comes with new service plans. The $199 Enterprise Advantage plan covers for the headset and four components, while the $299 Advantage+ covers two additional components. Both provide a two-year warranty and immediate replacement of any broken parts without having to send in the broken part first.
New HTC Vive Pro Is Too Expensive For The Masses
Developers will surely find the HTC Vive Pro 2.0 Kit useful in making VR apps and games, but HTC is gearing toward companies that are interested in using VR technology for training and other tasks. The Volkswagen Group, for instance, is utilizing the Vive headset to transport consumers to virtual showrooms.
Raymond Corporation employs VR simulators to train forklift operators using HTC's headset. The software from FreeRangeXR teaches operators how to drive forklifts and how to react to certain situations, such as driving around people. This keeps the operator and the forklift safe while allowing trainees to work under varying circumstances.
This method does not only make it easier for companies to conduct safe training sessions, but it also allows them to save time and money.
Companies Are Adopting VR For Training And More
Other companies have already recognized the benefits of using VR technology. Farmers Insurance is using Facebook's Oculus Rift headsets to train its claim adjusters. The simulation creates various scenarios of different house damages so that the adjusters will know how to deal with every problem in real life.
"We believe that virtual reality is going to be able to shorten the learning curve [for workers] because we will be able to provide so many more experiences," said Keith Daly, chief claims officer of Farmers Insurance.
The California utility company PG&E is also developing VR-powered methods for inspecting and maintaining electrical equipment. The firm is working with Space-Time Insight, the company in charge of fitting workers with VR headsets to create a safer environment for them.