Standalone VR Headset Announced

Todd Singleton
May 20, 2017

Google has also announced that it is working with HTC and Lenovo on the first standalone Daydream VR devices.

Google I/O 207, this year's edition of the annual developer's conference arranged and managed by Google, has sprung up more than a few surprises.

At the Google I/O keynote this Wednesday, Google announced that it's teaming up with two hardware manufacturers for making the next step in Virtual Reality - producing a standalone Daydream VR headset.

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. However, one of the biggest new features is Chrome VR, which will enable Daydream users to navigate the web inside their headsets.

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Google I/O is in full swing right now, and there are a flurry of announcements to tackle.

For the a year ago or so, Google has been reported to be working on a standalone virtual reality headset that wouldn't require display support from a smartphone or tethering with a PC. Since these are standalone headsets, they won't require a smartphone or PC for power, or additional tracking hardware as an "inside-out" tracking system will be in place.

"The whole device is designed just for VR", Clay Bavor, Google's head of VR, was quoted by the FT as saying. The new devices won't require a phone or PC and will be made available to consumers later this year.

Google's current virtual reality headset, the Daydream View, must be connected to an Android-powered smartphone to function and is not capable of fully tracking a person's movements. More details should arrive soon but for now, that's all we have. By building an all-in-one device, Google has configured the headset's underlying technology to exclusively focus on helping it display compelling virtual reality environments without any trade-offs, he explained.

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