Google announces new Daydream VR hardware - no phone required

Google has announced during Google I/O that it will be supporting standalone VR headsets for the Daydream platform which will not require a PC or phone in order to use.

In addition, Bavor also announced additional hardware support for Daydream, the company's existing mobile VR platform. The standalone VR will come with everything built in and will not require a smartphone or a computer to power the same. Google is working with Qualcomm on a reference design, and it's also teaming up with HTC and Lenovo to create standalone VR headsets for consumers. Those who don't mind the phone-based VR, though, will soon have a new option: Daydream and the Galaxy S8. This is true for PC devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but mobile VR like Daydream and Samsung Gear is more easily accessible. This is apparently a form of the inside-out tracking used by Microsoft's HoloLens, which does not depend on external sensors to position the headset in the real world. Following's Google brief announcement of the device, the Taiwanese tech giant shed some more details about its product that should be unveiled shortly. Qualcomm designed (with Samsung's help) its Snapdragon 835 SoC for the express objective of enabling "immersive experiences" on mobile devices.

Also showcased was the Visual Positioning System, a sensing technology that remembers the position of things indoors and works in conjunction with the Google Maps.


Previously, headsets that used the company's Daydream platform required that a smartphone be inserted into the device.

The headset uses WorldSense, which Google says allows for "precise movement tracking".

Finally, Google showed off a new AR capability for Expeditions, its geographic app for schools.

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