Google working with Qualcomm, HTC, and Lenovo on standalone Daydream VR headsets

Posted May 18, 2017

It has been a year since Google announced Daydream - its own virtual reality platform.

When Google unveiled its Daydream virtual reality platform previous year, it said that flagship smartphones from other companies will have support for its virtual reality platform. They are free-form and wireless, yet still capable of providing full 360 degree tracking using what Google calls WorldSense.

Microsoft has touted inside-out tracking in its HoloLens and other third-party Windows VR headsets as a key differentiator from the competition. As WorldSense will be able to track users without relying on additional sensors, HTC's upcoming Daydream headset should be simple to set up. Qualcomm is working on a "reference design" for the generalized platform, while HTC and Lenovo will have the first consumer units ready for later in 2017.

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

Standalone Daydream VR headsets are due to hit the shelves later in 2017.

The new device would require no phone.

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Google has long said it doesn't consider virtual reality to be a direct competitor to augmented reality, considering the two complementary.

Meanwhile, Google has been steadily building up its collection of tools for creating VR content.

Additionally, Google states that LG's next flagship device will also support Daydream, available in the second half of the year.

Google unveiled today a new visual positioning service (VPS) that lets you map indoor locations so devices can understand their location in real time, using Tango.

"Everything you need for the best portable VR is built right into the headset", a post on the Vive blog explains.

Google is also adding VR and AR support for the Google Expedition, its initiative for the Education sector.

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