The Vive Air VR Headset wins a 2021 iF Design Award despite not even being on the market
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The iF Design group has announced its 2021 award winners. HTC's mixed-reality arm, Vive, is among them, having won such a gong for its new Air headset. With its "quick-release design" that allows for its partial disassembly for more effective cleaning; thoughtful choices of high-tech "breathable and quick-drying" fabrics for the user's comfort and endurance and reduced weight, the new device could be described as a deserving candidate.
The Vive Air's description might make it seem ideal for prolonged VR gaming sessions - however, HTC has ostensibly aimed it more at the virtual fitness market (especially in terms of its neon-accented sneaker-like looks). As so many workouts and training sessions now take place in front of a screen, full-on virtual alternatives using accessories like headsets might indeed be the logical next step.
So, when does HTC plan to cash in on its potential epiphany?...well, possibly never. The company has denied speculation that the 2021 iF Design award has spoiled its impending launch, claiming instead that the Air headset is actually just a concept at this point in time.
Then again, it has also hinted that elements of its lauded design might be destined for other future products, which may or may not be viewed at the OEM's upcoming ViveCon in May 2021. In the meantime, however, HTC apparently has other "business to attend to".