Google's Next Daydream VR Headset: A Stand-Alone Model

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If mobile VR an tackle that problem, of making sure that people can enjoy mobile virtual reality without worrying about being disconnected from their phone, then that only helps the potential of Daydream and similar platforms. For desktop solutions, this takes the form of a cable to a computer. That's no longer true with Google's new standalone devices.

With this new integration, you'll have the whole Chrome experience at your virtual fingertips in your VR world, just as you would on your phone or PC.

Both HTC Vive and Lenovo are also working on Daydream-supported standalone VR headsets, and the first models are expected to be released later this year.

While regular VR headsets rely on an array of onboard and exterior sensors to track user movements, ArsTechnica says that Google's standalone platform will use "World Sense" technology to offer better tracking compared to other VR headsets on the market. Expect these headsets to arrive sometime late this year. You can get started by mounting the display on your head and loading an app. For AR, it can be used to enable smartphone AR experiences by placing digital objects in real spaces. The hardware is fully optimized for VR, and features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense. This further increases the ease of use of the platform. As with the availability of standalone partner headsets, the date at which Euphrates will be available has not been revealed. During I/O, Google also discussed its plans for augmented reality and its Project Tango technology. Thus, the system works only indoors. Users pull up the dashboard and simply select the casting destination, this even works switching between apps. "Everything that you need for VR is contained in the headset itself".

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The new dashboard will allow you to see more content to allow for more discoverability of great content.

You'll be able to demo furniture in AR.

Announced at the I/O 2017 conference, Google also confirmed that it will be working with HTC and Qualcomm in bringing out these headsets.

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