Google to launch standalone Daydream VR headsets this year
Google is collaborating with HTC Vive and Lenovo to launch two standalone Google Daydream virtual reality (VR) headsets by the end of the year.
HTC Vive and Lenovo are both working on devices based n a standalone headset reference design that was created by Google and mobile technology specialist Qualcomm.
The headsets will eliminate the need to insert a smartphone or connect to a computer and will also feature a new headset tracking technology, WorldSense. This enables positional tracking without the need for external sensors.
Clay Bavor, VP of VR and AR at Google, explained more in a blog post. “These devices build on what’s already great about smartphone VR, and they make the whole experience even easier and more comfortable.”
Lenovo also stressed the importance of Worldsense, explaining that it will allow users to have a more seamless interaction with their surroundings in the virtual world. “This standalone headset will streamline the experience: just pick up and play,” the company said in a blog post. “WorldSense brings natural movements into your 3D environment.”