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Hands-On With Valve and HTC's Vive VR Headset

The gadget brings a fourth dimension to virtual reality by interpreting the user's physical movements

The instructions I received by phone were simple and cryptic: Turn up at the appointed hour. HTC had something to show me, and they weren't dropping any hints as to what it was. I've covered the company for more than a decade, but when I arrived a few days later at the foyer of HTC's gleaming, white headquarters in Taipei to be led upstairs, it was one of the rare times when I had no idea what I was about to see. My response to the company representative's gentle teasing about what I thought I was going to be shown was really just a guess—something to do with health care?

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