TPCast the first multi-user wireless VR solution up to 4 devices
The Wireless Multi-User Business Edition Delivers HD Video Quality at Sub 2ms Latency
TPCAST Business Edition
for HTC Vive
TPCAST, the leader in wireless Virtual Reality (VR) and the first-to-market with a wireless VR solution for Head-Mounted Display (HMD), announces the the launch of its Business Edition (BE) Wireless VR Adapter for the North America market. The first version will be supporting the HTC Vive HMD and support for additional HMDs will be released during Q3 2018. The TPCAST BE Wireless Adapter simultaneously supports two to four users, while preserving the HTC Vive’s high video quality and maintaining the latency under 2ms. The BE adapter is targeted to support multi-user VR activities across a variety of verticals including medical, automotive, real estate, training and other multi user VR applications. The product will be sold by TPCAST directly and will also be available through TPCAST’s channel partners in Q2 2018.
The TPCAST Wireless BE Adapter expands the support to multi-user and establishes a wireless connection between the HMD and the PC without changing the original HTC Vive product. It provides 2K resolution with a transmission delay of less than 2ms. The adapter kit consists of four parts: The PC transmitter modules (TX), the helmet receiver modules (RX), battery power box and a business class router.
PC TX Module
The TX Module transmits the VR video and audio, from the PC to the HMD at high quality and ensures low latency.
The RX Module captures the data from the TX Module. It displays the video information on the HMD and transfers the audio to the headphone.
The safe and efficient battery provides power to the RX and to the HTC Vive. It enables up to 5 hours of power supply. The battery is swappable, which allows extended operating time.
TPCAST Consumer Edition for
Oculus Rift $339 and HTC Vive $299
The TPCAST Consumer Edition (CE) Wireless Adapter is the only PC VR Wireless Solution available in the market today and has been shipping in North America since November 2017. TPCAST technology is a breakthrough in the VR field, creating a wireless connection between the PC and the VR headset, providing VR users a unique, truly immersive experience. The TPCAST adapter attaches to the HTC Vive headset, replacing the need for the Vive’s clunky umbilical cord. The TPCAST adapter has enhanced the VR user experience, providing consumers and enterprise users the freedom to walk, jump, and spin without worrying about the cable.
TPCAST announced an upgrade of its wireless VR products – TPCAST Plus. TPCAST Plus is a product family that includes adapter hardware and software upgrades, an integrated wearable head plate and 4-in-1 battery charger, etc. These innovations are based on TPCAST customers’ feedback and experience. The new adapters for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will fully support microphone capabilities, increased stability and anti-interference, thus significantly enhancing both consumer and enterprise VR user experience.
TPCAST will present and demonstrate the TPCAST Plus products at CES 2018. The TPCAST Plus hardware simplifies the Wireless Adapter, providing a plug-and-play solution, by removing the router and replacing it with a USB dongle (i.e., no PC LAN port connections), and introducing a seamless installation process. The adapter also includes software optimizations and microphone support.
The TPCAST Plus Adapter, like the previous generation, features 2K resolution in each eye with a 90 Frame Per Second rate and delivers sub 2ms latency. The new adapter supports automatic restart, wireless interference reduction, and automatic wireless channel detection that substantially improves the stability of the Wireless VR connectivity. Additionally, the hardware upgrade dramatically decreases the restart time.
TPCAST will showcase the TPCAST Plus integrated system at the CES show floor. This innovative design includes a built-in backplane with a small battery that incorporates all the wireless adapter components into one piece of hardware residing on top of the headset, creating a real and unique wireless solution with no extra cables. Furthermore, this system supports hot-swap battery, coupled with the newly launched 4-cell battery charging cradle, significantly enhancing the wireless VR system’s endurance and stability. This series of complementary products enriches the TPCAST Plus Adapter product family and substantially improves the productivity and capabilities of consumer and enterprise users.
“The launch of the TPCAST Plus Adapter positions TPCAST as the leader in the Wireless VR Market. The consolidation of the adapter components into one Wireless VR unit allows a fully immersive user experience,” stated Michael Liu, CEO of TPCAST. “We expect that this upgraded product family will lead to a rapid increase of VR content that takes advantage of Wireless Virtual Reality experiences, thus bringing more consumer and enterprise customers into the wireless VR market.”
The TPCAST products in production are supporting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The current TPCAST products are shipping in China, North America, and Europe. The expected release date for the TPCAST Plus is in the first half of 2018.
CES, Las Vegas, Nevada. TPCAST, the Wireless VR Solutions leader, announces its Next-Generation Wireless VR Technologies, TPCAST 2.0, which utilize the new generation ultra-low latency codec technology and an upgraded TPCAST real-time data control protocol. These combined technologies pave the way to allow TPCAST to continue to deliver high video quality, low latency, and real-time data transmission. The introduction of these new technologies, supporting short, mid and long-range distances and covering multiple VR deployment ranges, strategically places TPCAST in the forefront of the future evolution of the Wireless VR Market.
The TPCAST 2.0 technology includes three main features. The first element is the ultra-low latency codec, capable of compressing VR content on a 50:1 ratio which significantly reduces the bandwidth required for video data transmission while bounding the latency to 1ms. This easy-to-use, stable, and ultra-low latency codec enables TPCAST’s product family to deliver consistently high-quality real-time video transmission. The second feature of the TPCAST 2.0 technology is its scalability making it easy to adapt to any headset including 3k, 4k, and 8k video resolution HMDs in the market. The third feature is the capability to preserve the user experience compared to a wired connection. TPCAST’s proprietary technology, and accumulated VR knowledge base, gained by its long-term leading position in the Wireless VR space, enables TPCAST’s products to deliver a stable and commercial-grade VR experience.
TPCAST’s cloud VR rendering technology, combined with the adaptability of the TPCAST 2.0 technologies allows TPCAST to be the first wireless VR provider to support short, mid and long range VR demands in multi-user environments. The short-range distance utilizes WiGig or 802.11ay technologies and supports the HTC VIVE, Oculus RIFT, Windows MR and other mainstream headsets. For the mid-range environments, TPCAST will support Wi-Fi or 802.11ax to allow users to utilize TPCAST’s unique large-space wireless solution. The support for long-distance uses Cloud VR to achieve real-time VR content sharing on the cloud (5G / 4.5G / FTTH). All of these technologies, based on the TPCAST 2.0 platform, place TPCAST in an advantageous position in the Wireless VR Market.
TPCAST’s CEO, Michael Liu, stated, “The new TPCAST 2.0 announcement is another milestone for TPCAST’s innovation. As a leader in the Global Wireless VR space, TPCAST is committed to moving the industry forward with its technological advancements. The newest technology in Wireless VR, TPCAST 2.0, has the highest performance, the broadest scalability, and the most mature product capabilities. TPCAST 2.0’s support for a full range of mainstream headsets in various deployment ranges allows TPCAST to continue with its vision of unleashing the VR world.”