Google To Reveal Standalone Daydream VR Headset At Google I/O?

This is the first standalone headset to use Google's Daydream platform, which the search giant announced would be available for phone/PC-free devices during its Google IO event. Moving past smartphone-based VR, Google will be partnering with hardware makers to launch standalone VR headsets that cut the cord and have no reliance on PC, console or smartphone.

Google said it has solved key problems with both augmented reality and its cousin, virtual reality, with a new standalone VR headset and a way to navigate indoors using visual reference points as a sort of indoor Global Positioning System, called VPS.

Google plans to help develop standalone VR with Qualcomm, Lenovo, and HTC. More importantly, they won't require any additional hardware to operate-not even a phone.

Google first announced their Daydream View headsets previous year, and so far reception has been great.

Virtual reality immerses users in an artificial world and initially has been taken up most actively for gaming. Neither headset has been named, but HTC's model appears to incorporate both its own "Vive" trademark, as well as the Google "Daydream" name.




WorldSense is a positional tracking system from Google that's "inside-out"; that means it doesn't need any external sensors or beacons to track the movement of your head through 3D space.

Neither headset has been shown, although HTC has released a tease of its model, pictured above.

Google will not be building these headsets itself.

So why is everything so worked up about mere VR headsets? The devices will also use what Bavor called "precise tracking". Designed for low-powered phones, this streamlined version of Android will have a the Google Play Store that will feature optimized apps for these devices. "Just pick it up, put it on and be fully immersed in your new reality".

Finally, Google's Expedition VR experience for school is going to get an AR component later this year.

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