Details include a ‘head mounted display for computer simulated reality.’
According to reports by Dutch website Mobielkopen, Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC has officially filed protection for the phrase “Vive Cosmos” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), as well as several other agencies in both Switzerland and New Zealand.
Registered November 15th, 2018 as a Nice class number 9, the details read:
“Head mounted display for computer simulated reality; computer hardware; computer simulated reality software; computer simulated reality game software; handheld controllers for use in computer simulated reality environment; optical devices, namely, eye pieces for head mounted displays; carrying cases and holders for head mounted displays; smartphones; portable computers; wearable electronic devices in connection with a head mounted display for use in computer simulated reality environment; motion tracking sensors; cameras; lens; handheld computer simulated reality controllers; computer peripherals for mobile devices for remotely accessing and transmitting data; apparatus for the recording, transmission or reproduction of sound, images, or data; electronic and optical communications instruments and components; game pads and controllers for use in computer simulated reality.”
While the description itself doesn’t explicitly state that the trademark is related to VR, phrases such as “head mounted display for computer simulated reality” and “optical devices,” indicate that immersive technology is more than likely involved.
Whether this is a simple hardware expansion to a preexisting Vive device or an entirely new headset is another story. The companies recently revealed 6DoF rendition for their Vive Focus standalone HMD could be involved, or perhaps it is an entirely new setup compatible with Valve’s Knuckles controllers. The phrase “computer peripherals for mobile devices for remotely accessing and transmitting data” also indicates the possibility of wireless functionality.
With Oculus’ rumored ‘Rift S’ upgrade supposedly offering higher resolution alongside inside-out tracking, and with the Internet buzzing over leaked images of an assumed Valve head-mounted display, it comes as no surprise that HTC is looking to expand its hardware line-up.
With CES 2019 just around the corner, there’s a good chance we could be learning more about Vive Cosmos in the very near future.
Image Credit: HTC / European Union Intellectual Property Office