Google announces standalone Daydream VR headsets

Unlike the Daydream View Google's rumoured headset with be a stand alone VR device meaning no phone or PC is required

Google's vice president of virtual and augmented reality Clay Bavor says the key technology here is the use of sensors, instead of external cameras or trackers, that makes the experience more realistic. At its I/O conference, Google revealed it wants to bring the best of both worlds - advanced 3D graphics and mobility - into standalone mobile VR headsets based on its Daydream platform. It's the software that will run on its own Daydream View goggles as well as the standalone headsets that third parties like Lenovo are creating later this year.

The newly announced Daydream headset is the biggest expansion for the VR platform which, until now, required a smartphone to take the VR experience on to users.

The headset is based around a positional tracking system Google calls WorldSense, which Bavor claimed uses only a handful of internal sensors to provide accurate positioning information for room-scale virtual reality.

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Google is releasing a major update to its virtual reality platform, Daydream.

Google Home, Google Photos, a standalone Google VR Headset, and Google's assistant were all topics of discussion during Google's annual developer conference in California Wednesday. While it has largely tried to deliver on the content bit, the devices have been lacking, mostly. Firstly, you will have to make sure that your smartphone satisfies the necessary hardware requirements coupled with other additions you will need such as a VR headset. The hardware features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense. LG's next flagship phone, expected to launch later this year, will also support Daydream. Tango was used in the creation of WorldSense and it also backs Google's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS). Google's Assistant, a voice-powered digital assistant like Siri, will be available as an app, and usable on iPhones in the USA first and then in Europe, Google told attendees at its developer conference Google I/O, which started yesterday. VPS works today in partner museums and select Lowe's stores.

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