Google announces standalone VR Headsets to be launched later this year

Joanna Estrada
May 19, 2017

VRJournal reported Thursday that Google is forging ahead with a new standalone Daydream headset.

The standalone Daydream VR headset will come with a new technology called WorldSense.

Those trackers will allow the wearer to duck and lean naturally. They can make changes on their computers and see them near-instantaneously on mobile devices. This is a safety precaution so you don't go running into a wall or tripping over furniture. The new technology from Google will take on Intel and Oculus and even offer Google a competitive edge.

Google is looking for the virtual reality equivalent of Angry Birds. Portability is also another feature Google is working on. The company is also encouraging prospective developers to focus on making longer more meaningful virtual interactions, likening the ideal experience to a sit-down meal compared to a quick snack. This VR-and-VR-only experience is viewed as an evolution from the original "Mobile VR" ecosystem Google established a year ago, accessed through certain other "Mobile VR" headsets using head mount-adapters for smartphones.

What do you think about these new capabilities? When summoned, the dashboard will sit on top of your current VR activity. And this is why you will feel that you are really there.

Google has not announced a release date for the standalone Daydream VR headset, but versions from Lenovo and HTC will be released by the latter part of this year.

One problem VR software makers have been trying to combat since virtual reality starting becoming more mainstream is the perception that it's a one-person affair. Watch out for this soon, because this update will be coming for all Daydream-enabled hardware. Dubbed as the Daydream YouTube VR app, users will be able to enjoy VR videos easily with a community, i.e. you will be able to enjoy a VR spaceship with your friends in their virtual avatars at the same time. With this technology, the Google VR headset can understand the distance, track the motion and also create a position for the user in the real world. Google Cast is all well and good for when everyone's under the same roof. This simply means that you will be able to share your VR experience from your headset with others on a compatible Smart TV.

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