Google's Daydream Platform Gets Its Biggest Expansion with New Standalone Headset

May 20, 2017, 02:03

"The Daydream standalone headset reference design created in close partnership with Qualcomm will enable manufacturers to build a whole new category of VR devices".

These new standalone headsets now come equipped with the all-new WorldSense positional tracking, which is an option that will let the headset track the user's movements in space, without the need to install any external sensors whatsoever. Currently, HTC VIVE and Lenovo are working on devices using this design.

According to those close to this project, the new VR standalone headsets don't need the closed room environment either. But the company, better-known for its manufacture of Android phones, said in a statement that "Vive represents the best VR experience in market, whether it is PC-powered or stand-alone devices".

Google's annual developer conference, the Google I/O, witnesses the release of some of the biggest technological breakthroughs in technology. Google VP for VR, Clay Bavor announced the next flagship of LG will support the Google VR headset.

Now Google wants you to spend more time online, only with a VR headset.

Google has launched two virtual reality devices previously: Google Cardboard, used with a smartphone, and the DayDream VR viewer, that also uses high-end smartphones to power virtual reality apps and games.

That said, it will be important to see how long Google's standalone headset can last on a single battery charge.

Details are still light, with more to be announced "soon".

"Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors".

For a higher performance for the standalone Daydream VR headset, Google will be working with Qualcomm and use the company's Snapdragon 835 processor.

But sources also cautioned the company may decide to give a limited preview and there's always a chance that it may scrap the unveiling altogether and focus on its existing Daydream VR platform.

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