It's time for Daydream believing as Google announces new standalone VR headsets

Following the launch of the Google Daydream View VR headset, rumours emerged that Google was planning a standalone VR headset that wouldn't require a smartphone, PC, or console to operate; it would carry its own processing power and software capable of running VR applications.

Google isn't the first company to try this, but finding a middle ground between the toy-like nature of phone-based headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and expensive PC rigs like the Oculus Rift seems like a positive development for VR as a whole.

While Google hasn't named which device it is, Google also announced that the next major LG flagship will also be Daydream ready.

"Getting into virtual reality is as easy as picking it up", Bavor said about the device. Google Assistant will be coming to all Android TV devices, though the Shield TV is already slated to get Google Assistant itself.

Google Daydream has many phones that are now compatible, including the upcoming LG flagship smartphone that will be launched later in the year. These headsets from Google's partner companies will arrive sometime later this year.

It's been a year since Google announced its low-latency, optimized mobile VR platform, and it's definitely been a slow start.

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Google has collaborated with Qualcomm to develop and build on the design for the standalone headset.

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.

Emphasis has been placed on creating more accessible technology in VR and making them available to more people.

Google's Daydream View VR headset and accompanying remote control are available from Google's own online store. While its main application lies in augmented reality, Google has fused it with their VR tech as well.

Also announced was Visual Positioning Service, VPS for short. With Expeditions AR, students can use AR on smartphones to see and observe demos of tornadoes, asteroid fields or other phenomena.

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