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    News: HTC Partners With InterContinental Hotels To Bring Vive To Chinese Hotel Rooms-vive-side-1000x641.jpg

    Weve often talked about VR being used for virtual tourism, but this isnt exactly what we had in mind.

    HTC today announced a partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to bring the HTC Vive to sites in Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Sanya. Guests can head to a Vive Zone to sample the SteamVR headset with a selection of games and experiences. More interestingly, theyll also be able to try some of the content from HTCs Viveport storefront in their own rooms.

    In a prepared statement, Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC called these spaces VR-Ready guest rooms. Now theres an odd request to make at the front desk. Emily Chang, Chief Commercial Officer, IHG Greater China said the installations would lay a solid foundation for utilizing other technologies in the future.

    The feature will be available from Monday, October 31st at Hotel Indigo Shanghai On The Bund, Crowne, Plaza Beijing Sun Palace and InterContinental Sanya Resort. More hotels will be added in the future.

    Getting VR into peoples hands is an important way of marketing headsets. Companies like Oculus and Sony are busy doing that through retailers and events, as is HTC, but providing guests with their own units could give them a much more personal and immersive experience than standing in line for a few hours to see a five minute demo. HTC has not yet announced any plans to bring the idea to the west.

    Its not the only new initiative HTC is launching this week; the company also revealed its Vivepaper concept, which mixes VR and AR to bring magazines into virtual spaces and make them much more immersive. Perhaps, instead of having the morning paper delivered to your room, you could wake up and download it straight to your Vivepaper.

    Source: HTC Partners With InterContinental Hotels To Bring Vive To Chinese Hotel Rooms
    10-28-2016 12:33 PM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    12-19-2016 08:50 AM
  3. pjs37's Avatar
    I hope we see this in more hotel chains but I suspect the lack of useful hotel content will keep that from happening. But who knows. Its a good way to encourage people to try it.
    12-19-2016 12:47 PM

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