Google's Daydream VR breaks free of the smartphone with new standalone headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream

Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally. It can be played back in 3D in a headset-VR180 supports Google Cardboard and Daydream, as well as Sony PlayStation VR. The Lenovo Mirage camera and Yi Technology's Horizon VR180 camera will hit stores this spring, and a camera from LG will be announced later this year. Oculus is working on a positionally-tracked headset, currently code-named Santa Cruz, which also will have tracked controllers that will help deliver experiences more comparable to what's possible on high-end headsets now.

Inside-out tracking, popularized by Microsoft's HoloLens and then its Windows Mixed Reality, solves those limitations. Google calls this technology Worldsense. We expect that the Mirage camera delivers the most optimized video content for the Mirage Solo. In short, you can dodge, bank left, or jump, and all of that will be tracked and interpreted by the platform. All content can be shared directly from the Mirage without the need for a smartphone, thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi.

The tablet/PC combines the capability and versatility of both and Lenovo ensured that the battery in the Lenovo Miix 630 laptop - that runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform - lasts for 20 hours with full video playback. It also will have dual mics, a headphone jack (!) and a 2560 x 1440 LCD screen. Though Lenovo hasn't revealed a price for the Mirage Solo yet - it's expected to go on sale sometime in the second quarter of 2018 - the price will likely be significantly higher than the $99 Daydream View.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo is the world's first standalone Daydream VR headset. Unlike the latter, the headset isn't front-heavy and has been created to distribute the weight evenly all throughout. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind.

Fancy hardware would be meaningless if it didn't have the software to utilize it.

In the report, Forrester determined that not enough people were aware of VR or planned to purchase a VR device to be worth most marketer's budget.

Lots of cameras launched in the a year ago that record 360 degrees of action. The videos are recorded in the VR180 format, which allows for immersive 3D playback with compatible devices, or controllable 2D video for those without a headset.

Other than being standalone, the Mirage Solo's other big selling point is that it's the first all-in-one to run on Google's Daydream.

Lenovo Mirage with controller accessory and its VR180 camera.

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