Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Google's Next Daydream VR Headset

Google's Next Daydream VR Headset

Google chose to partner with HTC and Lenovo to create a new Vive standalone VR headset that will be the first to use Google's Daydream platform. However, virtual reality also spent some time in the limelight at I/O, with Google announcing plans to launch new standalone wireless headsets with companies like HTC and Lenovo. This essentially describes how Google's Tango system works and that is likely the base code for the new platform called WorldSense.

Along with the web browsing functions, the Chrome integration will give you a shot at watching YouTube videos in all-encompassing VR, providing one of the most immersive platforms to watch amusing cat videos we've seen to date. It made an entry into the virtual reality territory with Google Cardboard, and gradually moved up the ladder with Daydream, a VR platform for Android devices that's built natively into Android Nougat.

Google once again developed something that may come as good news to its avid users. This sounds simple, but I think it's going to be key to mobile VR becoming important. This way you will be able to jump into VR without being disconnected from the world if you so wish. Instant Preview is a new feature where creators can make changes in an environment and then experience them in a headset seconds later without having to wait for lengthy rendering sessions. The first VR headsets using this technology are expected to go on sale later this year. This stands in contrast to devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which require the room be prepped with two or more external sensors for room-scale tracking. While GPS is great for getting you to the storefront, with VPS your device can direct you right to the item you're looking for once inside. The hardware shuts out any view or sound of people physically near you, not many people own headsets yet, and interactions inside virtual settings are still limited. VPS works today in partner museums and select Lowe's stores.

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