Google I/O 2017: Google Releases Standalone VR Headset

Google I/O 2017: Google Releases Standalone VR Headset

Google I/O 2017: Google Releases Standalone VR Headset

"Getting into VR is as easy as picking them up", Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Google, said in a Medium post. Aside from last year's debut of the Daydream VR platform and device, in January, Google launched an Artist in Residence program centered around its Tilt Brush VR art app. In that dynamic, you can't get a truly immersive sense that you're in another environment. This essentially describes how Google's Tango system works and that is likely the base code for the new platform called WorldSense.

Google's annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off this week and ahead of the event whispers have emerged that the firm plans to unwrap a standalone VR headset.

Facebook and Samsung have not shared how many apps are in the Gear VR store, but a quick count shows the number is around 1,000.

Google I/O 2017: Google Releases Standalone VR Headset

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

LG's V30 has been rumored ever since they launched the V20 past year, more speculation started to come out once the G6 came out, especially regarding which processor it would run. And there are more coming-including the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which will be Daydream-ready with a software update this summer, and LG's next flagship phone, which will launch later this year. Only the Pro and Porsche Design versions of Huawei's Mate 9 smartphone, the ASUS ZenFone AR, the Moto Z and the ZTE Axon 7 have had support for Daydream alongside Google's own Pixel phones. Unlike the current headsets that require external cameras, Worldsense will use a series of built-in sensors to ensure that "your view in the virtual world matches that in the real world".

The company announced a yet-to-ship new virtual reality headset, and you can now watch YouTube's VR videos in the same virtual space with other users. The company is reported to introduce a new standalone mobile VR device, which would not require a smartphone or a PC to operate. Qualcomm is now working on a reference design, with HTC and Lenovo expected to produce the first consumer sets sometime this year.

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