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Alibaba Pacts With Phone Maker HTC for VR Push

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has partnered with Taiwanese smart phone group HTC Corp. for a joint push into virtual reality. They describe their pact as “exploring high scalable and price-competitive VR solutions for customers worldwide.”

They say they will focus on “developing breakthrough innovative solutions to tackle bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processing needs in areas such as VR video production and VR broadcasting.”

HTC and partner Valve are developing a room-scale VR function called Vive. It allows true-to-life interactions and experiences thanks to an adjustable headset, two wireless controllers with HD haptic feedback and 360˚ absolute motion tracking, as well as a front facing camera that blends physical elements into the virtual world.

“This partnership will accelerate the development of VR technology in China and encourage widespread, global adoption.” said Jin Ge, business architect director at Alibaba Cloud.

Alibaba says that cloud computing and VR technology complement each other on commercial applications. Cloud computing provides algorithm capacity and infrastructure to increase definition, minimize system crashes and conserve bandwidth.

It said that Alibaba Cloud has successfully helped a VR team from Zhejiang University to render a three-minute 360-degree 3D VR video in only 3 days. The required computing capacity for the video was the equivalent to 8,000 hours of non-stop processing by a high performance server.

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