HTC has just reported that the first wave of Vive Trackers for developers have been sold out here in the U.S. and that back-orders will be accepted and shipped in the order received.
Great response to Vive Tracker so far! The first wave is sold out in U.S. Back-orders will be accepted and will ship in the order received.
— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) March 30, 2017
This is just two days after the release of the Vive Trackers here in the U.S. HTC has initially made a batch of 1,000 Trackers available if you’ve met certain criteria. But there wasn’t any real way of stopping the public from applying for one of the peripheral devices.
With the use of the Vive Tracker, simple and ordinary objects can be tracked in the VR space with the use of the lighthouse tracking system. In fact, someone actually strapped a Vive Tracker to their cat, which showed the feline in the virtual space. This allowed the user to know if the cat was in the vicinity as a prevention from future collision
The Vive Tracker measures 10 cm in length and contains enough battery power to last 6 hours continuously. There are many videos out right now on how people are using the device to improve the overall VR experience. HTC has noted that the device will be available to the public later in the year when there are enough VR experiences to use the device.