New Google VR Headset coming from HTC and Lenovo

20 May, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Rachel Hardy
  • Google's Daydream View VR headset was unveiled in October 2016

Google also announced that it will be launching two low-priced virtual reality (VR) headsets made by HTC and Lenovo for it Daydream VR platform.

The new Daydream standalone headset reference design includes custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors that make the best use of the Tango-based tracking technology Google has placed in the headset.

"These headsets have everything needed for VR, built right into the headset itself and are as easy to use as picking them up".

Google's breakthrough with standalone Daydream VR headsets will see the Alphabet subsidiary take on Oculus and Intel, both of whom have demonstrated similar VR devices with built-in tracking systems. This enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks the user's movements in space without the need for external sensors. This is still a good step though to see that Google has actual manufacturers already working on products that will use the new WorldSense platform and that will be built to Google's specs for a standalone VR headset.

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There's no word yet as to how much standalone Daydream VR handsets will fetch, but reports suggest they will fetch around $300 (£230). The new device would also track your position with WorldSense that will be launched later this year.

Lenovo's next flagship smartphone, which will be launching later this year, and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will support the Daydream platform. Firstly, you will have to make sure that your smartphone satisfies the necessary hardware requirements coupled with other additions you will need such as a VR headset.

While LG won't be retrofitting the G6 with Daydream support, they look to have committed to including it in their upcoming V30 (due in late 2017).

Yes, folks. While you're in your VR universe, you'll be able to search web pages, visit your bookmarks, and even view WebVR content via actual Google Chrome. It's meant to be an indoor alternative to Global Positioning System and is now being trialled in select Lowe's stores and museums.


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