I have a hard time believing your wearable is good if you had to Photoshop it onto a model

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Why not take a new photo?

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Wearable Gadgets Live or Die on Whether They’re Really Comfortable wear – It’s hard to recommend a fitness tracker that gives me a bang or a headset constantly dragging my head down. So, for HTC’s new, extraordinarily lightweight Vive Flow VR headset, the company wanted to show just how comfortable it can fit into your life, regardless of the world wearing it in your comfortable living room. Turning pictures of men and women.

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a rather important reason Why They don’t care: they don’t wear it at all. It is photoshopped. The woman in the picture above was actually photographed with a bowl of popcorn and not a headset or phone. Here’s what the original looks like on istockphoto.com:

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“Girl sitting on the sofa in the living room eating popcorn”
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As of protocol Janko Roettgers told on Twitter yesterdayThe vast majority of HTC’s leaked lifestyle images of the HTC Vive Flow also came from istockphoto.com, and HTC is using the final versions of those photos prominently on its public-facing website. Here are a few more:

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it could be worse. They could have forced a ridiculous smile on someone’s face, an image I don’t see on the final website:

Or, they could pull up a Panasonic and photoshop a white man’s head onto a black man’s body, in addition to shopping in their wearable speaker.

This is the second time in two months that we’re seeing a wearable gadget digitally attached to a person’s body, and it’s strange. It’s misleading, and – fair or not – my gut reaction is to wonder what these companies are trying to hide. (My colleague Adi Robertson said the headset kept rolling down his face in the demo, but he also tried a different face gasket that worked better.)

It’s a bad look, especially for wearables. Please stop it.

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