New VR Cover T-Shirts now available to order!
Express your love of VR to the world with the new VR Cover t-shirt range. Made with 100% cotton and printed in-house for a limited time only. Get your t-shirt while stocks last and be the envy of your local VR meetup group
VR Cover T-Shirts are available to order online now for $19.00
We’re also happy to introduce our own antibacterial wipes designed especially for use with your VR headset. These wipes will keep things clean without damaging your VR headset or irritating your skin. Alcohol-free, hypoallergenic and unscented the wipes combine perfectly with our PU leather foam replacements to ensure everyone stays fresh and clean.
Skin Friendly VR HMD Cleaning Wipes are available now starting at $5.00 for a pack of 20.October 9, 2017
New VR Cover Deluxe Audio Strap Foam Replacement now available to order!
Everyone agrees that the Deluxe Audio Strap is a great addition to the Vive and massively improves comfort for extended gaming sessions. The ergonomics mean the weight of the Vive is shifted from your face to the top of your head so there is less pressure, and less need for constant adjustments. This combined with built-in headphones makes it a must-have for Vive users.
We have developed a cleanable foam replacement so that now you can share the headset with friends without having to worry about the stock foam absorbing sweat and dirt. Our foam replacement is made from artificial PU leather meaning it doesn’t absorb any sweat and is super easy to clean between sessions. We recommend wiping down the foam with antibacterial wipes for the most hygienic practice.July 31, 2017
After using your Vive for too many hours, having showed it off to too many friends and experienced a few of the less than pleasant scenarios that come with sharing a headset, it’s time to do something about it. Great, you’ve just found out we exist! We’ve been quietly adding to our HTC Vive product range for over a year and now offer eight different solutions, but which one is right for you? Here we take a look at benefits of the different products so you can make a more informed choice.
VR is great for working out. Whether you’re intentionally trying to shift some pounds or you just get a little carried away playing Holopoint, sweat is a real problem and one of the big reasons people begin looking for alternative accessories. Whereas you might assume our popular PU leather foam replacements would be best for this, we actually recommend otherwise. These three products will help to control sweating and allow you to enjoy the HTC Vive harder, and for longer than ever before.
The disposable hygiene covers are made with a special moisture absorbing material making them perfect for sweaty VR sessions. The starter kit includes a ‘base foam’ that attaches to your Vive in place of the stock foam, the covers are then attached with a light adhesive for a secure fit. Don’t bother with the distracting, paper-thin ninja-masks.
Our Velour foam replacements are machine washable and designed to absorb sweat. The soft Velour material feels great on the skin and at 10mm it will result in an improved field of view. Sold in sets of two, when one gets sweaty just throw it in the washing machine and attach the second. Available in Grey and Black.
Our first ever accessory for the HTC Vive is still much loved by the VR community. It’s a simple cotton cover that attaches with Velcro straps over the stock foam adding an extra layer of protection. The covers absorb sweat well and are machine washable. Available in grey, red & blue.
Believe it or not, you can make your HTC Vive experiences more immersive by using thinner foam. The stock foam is attached with Velcro and can easily be pulled off, give it a try and see what it’s like to use the Vive with no foam at all – pretty uncomfortable and blurry probably but you’ll get an idea of the difference in FOV (field of view) compared with using the stock foam. These two foam replacements will improve FOV without compromising comfort too much.
HTC Vive Foam Replacement 6mm – $29.00 – Top Pick
Our highly reviewed 6mm Foam Replacement brings your eyes closer to the lenses and pushes immersion to the max. It’s made from PU leather for easy cleaning and better suited for less active experiences where you aren’t likely to sweat too much. Share your Vive with friends and family often? This is the foam for you.
As well as helping with sweat, the Velour foam replacement also improves immersion. Only slightly thicker than the 6mm PU leather variant, you will still notice a considerable difference in field of view with this foam.
If you regularly share your HTC Vive, whether it’s with friends and family at home, or you plan on using it at a demo with hundreds of people – hygiene has to be a major consideration. The stock foam on the HTC Vive can absorb sweat, dirt and germs that you don’t want to be sharing. Our PU leather foam replacements and covers have been scientifically tested to ensure no moisture is absorbed and the surface drys quickly using commercial antibacterial wipes.
The 14mm Foam Replacement attaches to the headset with Velcro in place of the stock foam so is simple to attach and remove. The PU leather doesn’t absorb any moisture and can be easily cleaned with antibacterial wipes between uses. The memory foam offers similar comfort to the stock foam making it perfect for demoing the Vive.
Our waterproof covers for the HTC Vive attach over the top of the stock foam with Velcro straps.The covers are designed for situations where hygiene is the number one priority. They can be submerged in water and fully disinfected making them ideal for hospitals and healthcare environments.July 21, 2017
With the new 10mm Velour Foam Replacements we find a balance between comfort and field of view. The super soft ‘Velour’ fabric and memory foam ensures maximum comfort for long gaming sessions but is thin enough to result in an improved field of view, meaning more immersion. The foam is easy to clean, just throw in the washing machine after a particularly sweaty session and air dry. The HTC Vive Memory Foam Replacement Velour 10mm is now available through our store in black or gray and costs $29.00 for a set of two.
We also add to our store the Universal Headset Cover. The cover is designed to protect lenses from sunlight damage as well as keeping out dirt and dust. It’s compatible with all major VR headsets, just remember to switch the headset off first before you attach the cover otherwise you might trip a proximity sensor. The Universal Headset Cover is available in black or navy, add a cover to your order for just $5.00.
Lastly, we introduce the new VR Cover T-shirt range. We start with two designs, each has limited availability so be fast. Shirts are made with a high quality cotton/ poly blend and printed in house, available now for $19.00 each.June 26, 2017
In 2014 we first began producing hand-sewn cotton covers for the Oculus Rift Developers Kit. We’ve come a long way in the past three years, here we take a look back at the path we’ve taken from the first hand-made products to foam replacements and finally disposable covers.
Not long after the release of the HTC Vive in 2016 we began to offer cotton covers which were an instant, overwhelming success. Anybody who used their Vive for more than a few hours every day soon began to realize the stock foam could easily become unhygienic by absorbing sweat, oil and dirt. For personal use, cotton covers that attached over the headsets foam padding were the perfect answer due to the comfort and sweat absorption they offered.
After the success of cotton covers we went on to design foam replacements for the Vive and later the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. The main benefit of using foam replacements is the ease of use and customization allowed. We created foam padding with PU leather for easy cleaning, with cotton fabric for comfort and with thinner foam for improved field of view. In the case of the Oculus Rift we had to first design a custom facial interface that allowed foam replacements to be attached, it’s now a must-have accessory for Rift users.
At about this time, others began looking for their own solutions, an example being the infamous VR Ninja Masks that originated in Japan. Disposable masks create a simple barrier between the face and headset, the main benefit of them is that they’re cheap to produce. Unfortunately the paper thin material doesn’t stay in place well and can easily become distracting, it is also not good at absorbing sweat. Creating a solution for high volume environments such as VR arcades was our next aim and after testing hundreds of prototypes we decided on our new disposable hygiene covers.
What makes our disposable covers special is the sweat absorbing properties of the materials used along with a stick-on design that means no distractions while playing. This makes disposable covers the perfect choice for VR arcades who have thousands of people using the same headset each year, there’s no clean-up required by the owners and the customers can be confident they are not sharing germs. PU leather foam replacements offer some benefits, in that they’re easy to clean, however, imagine you’re just getting into a game of Holopoint on a hot summers day and begin to feel the sweat dripping down your face, this is where our disposable hygiene covers come in and allow you to keep playing harder and for longer without distractions.
VR fitness is the other main industry that has started to adopt the disposable hygiene covers. One of the main problems with current VR work-out experiences is sweat. If using PU leather foam replacements you are covered with regards to hygiene, but again, they don’t help with sweat dripping down the face or even worse, into the headset. Early results have shown that our disposable hygiene covers offer huge benefits to virtual reality exercise and will be a necessity for any gym looking to experiment with VR.June 15, 2017