Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Google, HTC, Lenovo working on standalone virtual reality Daydream headsets

Devin Neal | 18 May, 2017, 01:01

Along the same, the company has teased that it will soon commence work on some new Daydream all-in-one virtual reality headsets in partnership with HTC and Lenovo.

When Google unveiled its Daydream virtual reality platform past year, it said that flagship smartphones from other companies will have support for its virtual reality platform.

Phone-based virtual reality, of course, is comprised of headsets that support one or more types of smartphones, such as Google's Daydream headset with support for the Pixel and Samsung's GearVR with support for Galaxy phones. HTC and Lenovo are already on board with Google and will launch their own dedicated headsets later in 2017. Not that Daydream is going nowhere, but I nearly wonder if having a standalone platform will help the reputation - and ability to sell content - for mobile-based VR.

The new device would require no phone.

HTC U11 unveiled - squeezable sides coming to the flagship space
By using "HTC Edge Sense for Voice-to-Text", the user can lightly squeeze, speak a message and send texts on the go. The successor to HTC 10 and a new member of the U family, HTC U11 comes with a standout feature dubbed Edge Sense .

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. Google did not share specs details about these standalone Daydream devices and did not mention a firm release date or price for them.

The upcoming device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC) and utilize WorldSense, a new 3D mapping solution that was developed from Google's augmented reality (AR) platform Tango.

If Google's making their own VR headset tech, that makes some more sense as to why they acquired Owlchemy Labs for VR content. By intelligently using the phone's camera to "see" your location, VPS promises to guide you to your destination. Other VR headsets, like the Oculus Rift, must be connected to a PC with cables in order to operate.

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