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Google's building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

Google's building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

One of the major drawbacks to using virtual reality (VR) headsets is being tethered to a smartphone or PC while immersed in an experience. At this year's event, the tech giant announced a key update to its virtual reality (VR) platform, which will see standalone Daydream VR headsets operating without reliance on smartphones or PCs. In its latest move aimed at taking the world of VR by storm, Google has introduced an all-new standalone VR headset, set to rival the offerings made by rivals HTC and Oculus.

"Vive's standalone VR headset will provide a deeper and more immersive portable VR experience than ever before", HTC Vive said after the announcement.

The new range of devices will use a tracking technology called "WordSense" that enables the headset to track its wearer's precise movements in space.




The fruits of this multi-year effort with Google now offers users a growing ecosystem of Daydream headsets - from smartphone VR to standalone VR.

Also in the pipeline is the 2.0 release of the platform, called Daydream Euphrates, which will be available for all headsets, and will give you the ability to cast whatever you are seeing in VR to your television screen in the living room. All that set-up can be a pain, but this new venture hopes to get you into VR with a press of a button. The company intends to "deliver the most premium standalone headset and user experience", and says it'll have more information "soon". Supporting these new devices is WorldSense, an inside out positional tracking system which supposedly "dramatically improves tracking" when compared to previous Daydream devices. So, you can check notifications, see a web browser, and more while in VR. There's also a pretty unexpected addition headed to Daydream View headsets: Chrome. There's also Google's new visual positioning service for indoor mapping. VPS works today in partner museums and select Lowe's stores. Google's Assistant, a voice-powered digital assistant like Siri, will be available as an app, and usable on iPhones in the USA first and then in Europe, Google told attendees at its developer conference Google I/O, which started yesterday.


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