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Updated 10:35 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 18, 2019

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Quark VR Company to Unveil HTC Vive Wireless VR Prototype This Fall

HTC Vive has a wireless receiver that connects wirelessly to the PC using the local Wi-Fi connection.

(Photo : Twitter) HTC Vive has a wireless receiver that connects wirelessly to the PC using local Wi-Fi connection.

A Bulgarian VR startup is currently working on a prototype of a wireless Vive VR headset that would be unveiled this fall.

The company called Quark VR is working on a wireless VR headset prototype based on the HTC Vive. Valve would unveil it sometime this fall, Ubergizmo reported. Quark VR said that it is working to create an untethered, wireless solution for the HTC Vive. 

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“The way the headset will become wireless is through a small gadget, connected to the headset, but not wired with cables to the PC itself. Instead, the small transmitter that may be placed in the pocket of the user, sends and receives the signal between the PC and the HTC Vive through Wi-Fi,” Quark VR stated in a blog post.

Quark VR has worked with HTC before. The company has made a wireless receiver that plugs into the Vive and sits in the pocket, according to VG247. It then connects wirelessly to the PC using local Wi-Fi connection, essentially giving users a wireless VR headset. 

Quark VR says it started working to make the Vive wireless after a public demo in Sofia, Bulgaria where most players were disturbed by the cables in their feet or above their head. Quark met with Valve representatives during a recent stay at a Silicon Valley incubator, and the company says Valve was interested in cooperating with them to bring the wireless VR headset to life.

Valve and Quark have been working on this prototype for almost five months. Quark VR co-founder Georgi Georgiev said that the huge challenges of creating this wireless VR headset include gaining the experience to create seamless connection via Wi-Fi and keeping in mind the inevitable connection delay.

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