Google details Lenovo, Yi's VR180 cameras for spring launch

Google details Lenovo, Yi's VR180 cameras for spring launch

Google details Lenovo, Yi's VR180 cameras for spring launch

The Mirage Camera starts at $299.99 and will launch in the second quarter. However, HTC chose to scrap its headset previous year, with sources telling Variety that the decision came after the Oculus Go was announced.

It's such a good idea in fact that the big names in VR are bringing out similar headsets of their own in the near future, in the form of the Oculus Go and the HTC Vive Focus.

"It's based on years of investment in simultaneous localization and mapping, and it enables PC-quality positional tracking on a mobile device without the need for any additional external sensors".

The Mirage Solo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB UFS of storage (expandable up to 256GB by microSD slot), and a 4000 mAh battery, hence no need for a smartphone. It's also talking about a new aspect of the Daydream VR platform, WorldSense, that adds awareness of the user's physical movements in real space to the virtual experience. Lenovo has, fortunately, come to the rescue with the new Mirage Solo with Daydream standalone headset that promises freedom in more ways than one. You just mount this thing on your head, with "size accommodations for almost every face shape, visual aid and head proportion", and get transported into a whole new world of gaming and other hypnotic experiences. It weighs 645 grams, and the LCD screen is simlar to a high-end smartphone display at 5.5 inches, supporting a 2560×1440 resolution. The Mirage Camera comes in white while the Yi Horizon is clad in black.

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Crisp, three-dimensional immersive photos & videos of the world in wide angle and ultra HD 4K resolution let you relive captured moments with a remarkable sense of presence. These can be shared via Google Photos or YouTube, and watched on something like the Mirage Solo.

Much like the Mirage Solo, the Mirage Camera is also made of plastic. It's a pretty simple, but very useful camera. Google says that YI will have a camera out this Spring (seen above). It's a pocket sized 3D camera fitted with two 13MP fish-eye cameras, each with 180 degree field of view, for recording not just photos, but VR movies too.

More options to get involved with VR experiences could accelerate adoption of this still-nascent technology.

Despite being the cheapest of the VR sets on the market right now, we've seen impressive discounts and bundles for the PSVR headset, cameras and games. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far.

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