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Google's building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

Google's building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

It has been a year since Google announced Daydream - its own virtual reality platform. It is working with HTC, the company that made the Vive VR headset for PC, and Lenovo on hardware. Google is working on standalone headsets with Lenovo Group Ltd. and HTC Corp., the company said. 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. More importantly, they won't require any additional hardware to operate-not even a phone.

Google's getting real help with its virtual reality efforts.

As far as the old Daydream, smartphone-based Daydream is concerned, Bavor announced LG's next flagship phone would support the standardized platform.

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The Google-powered standalone VR products will also use positioning inside-out tracking technology Google calls WorldSense. The VR uses sensors on the device and can detect items in a 3D spatial arrangement. It's also similar to Microsoft's Mixed Reality Headset development kits with inside-out tracking. Samsung's decision to make its technology compatible with Google's is noteworthy considering Samsung sells a competing mobile VR headset, the Gear VR, which requires Samsung smartphones to operate. The headsets are slated for release later in the year. Unlike current high-end VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the untitled headset will not need to be paired with a smartphone or desktop computer. "Just pick it up, put it on and be fully immersed in your new reality".

Google also showcased its Expeditions AR program as part of its educational outreach efforts.


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