Lenovo and HTC Manufacturing Standalone Daydream VR Headsets

Janie Parker
May 18, 2017

Daydream was unveiled past year with the Pixel and has expanded out to a handful of other devices like the Moto Z. Google's augmented reality platform Tango has been up until this point available on a limited number of phones - namely, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR.

Google also announced that LG's latest flagship device will also be adding Daydream support. Qualcomm traditionally caters to the smartphone market, but with the Snapdragon 835, the company positioned itself as a solution for standalone VR and AR devices. These headsets will be coming sometime later this year. They use inside-out tracking with Google's WorldSense technology, which means that users won't need external cameras.

Variety first broke the news of Google unveiling its standalone virtual reality headset at Google I/O earlier this week. They are free-form and wireless, yet still capable of providing full 360 degree tracking using what Google calls WorldSense.

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What's unclear is whether these standalone VR devices will be self-contained, like the HoloLens, processing everything on the device. This new device in the Vive family is a standalone unit that does not require a PC or a smartphone to power the experience and is completely wireless.

While this isn't a HTC Vive 2 announcement, it's a glimpse of what we could expect to see with rumors of a wireless PC-powered headset doing the rounds. This lets Google and hardware makers customize the displays, optics, and sensors to be flawless for virtual reality, he said. However, today, at the ongoing I/O Google has announced that Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus will be getting the DayDream feature via a software update.

Finally, Google's Expedition VR experience for school is going to get an AR component later this year.

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