Daydream standalone VR by Qualcomm

Lynne Hanson
May 20, 2017

In addition to the support from hardware manufacturers, Google has developed a new system called WorldSense to provide positional tracking for the units. Qualcomm is now working on a reference design, with HTC and Lenovo expected to produce the first consumer sets sometime this year. That's no longer true with Google's new standalone devices.

In this new range of devices, they will use "WorldSense". LG's next flagship phone, expected to launch later this year, will also support Daydream.

"We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform", said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. With the promise of the upcoming standalone Google VR to be more "friction free", users may be able to use the new VR with a longer time period, Cnet noted.

That's a big difference from some existing VR headsets, such as the Samsung Gear and Google's own previous headset, which are basically fancy cases with special lenses that a user slides a phone into.

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During a keynote focused on VR and AR at day 2 of I/O 2017, Google announced Daydream 2.0, a major update slated for later this year.

Google worked with Qualcomm to develop the design for the standalone headset. A report published by Backchannel says the devices should be here later this year, which matches what we were told on stage. The announcement did not reveal many details except for the model name, "Vive Standalone", and the descriptions - "simplistic, lightweight and portable".

"More information on Vive's standalone VR headset will be made available soon, but rest assured it will be simple, easy-to-use and with no cables to connect".

WordSense is based on Google's Tango technology, which allows devices to track motion, understand distances, and establish their position in the real world.

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