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Will newly unveiled Google Daydream hardware create the VR scale marketers want?

Will newly unveiled Google Daydream hardware create the VR scale marketers want? Will newly unveiled Google Daydream hardware create the VR scale marketers want?
Doris Mccormick | 10 January, 2018, 01:26

It weighs 645 grams, which makes it one of the heaviest mainstream VR headsets - the same weight as Samsung's Odyssey, and more than the combined 404-gram weight of a Daydream View with a Pixel 2.

Google has announced a few new products made by its partners and one of them is the Lenovo Mirage Solo.

The Mirage Solo is costing more than twice as much when it ships in Q2. The Mirage Solo packs two outward-facing cameras that are being used for positional tracking, which means that they help to track movements in a 3D space. So basically, the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR gets rid of nearly every pain-point when it comes to virtual reality. It's basically a powerful Android smartphone inside of a Daydream VR headset.

A twisting knob brings the headset around your skull, making it fully adjustable - friendly even to those who wear glasses. On-board storage is provided by microSD and can be expanded up to 256GB. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far. That should be announced officially once we get closer to launch date.

While this short demo didn't let us mess around fully with the environment, it's clear that the newfound freedom that WorldSense brings is enormous for mobile VR.

The Mirage has three simple operating modes: photo, video, and live broadcasting. It also promises a 110-degree field of view, an advanced blur-free display, and up to seven hours of battery life on a single charge. Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally.

Will newly unveiled Google Daydream hardware create the VR scale marketers want?

These smart displays essentially function like a smart, voice-controlled speaker combined with a stationary tablet, and are being build with kitchen-use in mind.

We look forward to testing more games and apps, as well as its 4,000mAh integrated battery to see how long it can last under pressure.

Google's Daydream platform, first introduced in 2016, tried to split the middle between these two experiences with a comfortable plastic headset that offered a remote controller, designed at first for the Pixel smartphone and later opened up to more models.

Lenovo claims it's the "world's first" standalone Daydream VR headset, so doesn't require a smartphone or PC to run. We didn't think we'd be saying this, but that's now the entry-level headset for Daydream.

The Mirage Solo is priced at $449.99 and is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

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