Daydream standalone VR by Qualcomm


"HTC VIVE, a leader in the VR space, and Lenovo, a leader in mobile and computing, are both working on devices, with the first ones coming later this year".

Well, Samsung finally appears to have gotten on board, perhaps only to give its Gear VR platform a period of exclusivity.

Google has confirmed rumours that it is working on a standalone virtual reality headset based around its Daydream platform, and that it has signed Lenovo and HTC up as partners to bring it to market.

There are precious few details on the ground about these potential standalone headsets.

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

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The new Daydream standalone headset reference design includes custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors that make the best use of the Tango-based tracking technology Google has placed in the headset.

We haven't exactly heard much with regards to Daydream from Google's partners since the project was first announced past year, with the only high-profile devices being Google's own Pixel devices, the LG G6, Moto Z family and the ASUS ZenFone AR. Minimization seems especially counterintuitive when competitor Facebook has been pretty loud about its own VR efforts, between social VR demonstrations and the high-end Oculus headset. At its I/O developers conference yesterday, Google unveiled a new approach to virtual reality that cuts the cord and paves the way to standalone headsets.

Virtual reality immerses users in an artificial world and initially has been taken up most actively for gaming. Instead, getting into VR is as simple as putting the thing on. Google worked with processor maker Qualcomm and VR headset pioneer HTC to develop a customised version of the HTC Vive. This means the new Daydream headsets will be able to track precise movements without users needing to install any external sensors.

With Google's new standalone headset, the computing, the power, the display, and the lenses are all Incorporated directly into the headset.

Excitingly, Bavor also revealed that a second phone would be supporting the technology - LG's next flagship phone.