Google and VIVE team up for standalone Daydream VR unit

Google and VIVE team up for standalone Daydream VR unit

Standalone VR headsets that don't require a PC, a phone, or a whole mess of wires are going to make virtual reality so much more approachable.

Meanwhile, HTC and Lenovo have both announced they'll be working with Google to produce a number of phone-less dedicated VR headsets. They've show us what they can do with VR past year, launching the Daydream VR platform with matching VR-enabled phones in the Google Pixel and the Daydream View VR headset. The technology is called WorldSense and is based on an expanded form of Google's existing Daydream platform.

"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.

During I/O 2017, Google unveiled the first major update for their Daydream VR platform originally introduced past year.

A special version of Google Chrome will also hit the VR world, with some Daydream experiences already available in Chrome. For this, you will not need any external sensors. The trailer puts the viewer in the position of a VR headset user and shows how easily it can be used. This feature is made possible via the technology called "Worldsense", which allows the user to actually feel being part of the virtual world as the view appears like the real world in excellent accuracy.

It added that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will be Daydream-ready following a software update this summer. While GPS provides directions to a place, a device with VPS can direct the user directly to objects, such as an item in a store. Powered by Android O, Daydream 2.0 would have three key aspects to it, complete support for standalone devices, bringing more VR content front and centre, and making it easier to share experiences.

"We were an early supporter and contributor to WebVR standards", Google VR boss Clay Bavor wrote in a blog post. It works initially with a handful of partner museums and the US DIY store Lowe's.

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