Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

With a battery life rated for seven hours of use, the Lenovo Mirage Solo also is designed to be comfortable, even after long periods of use. There is your basic lightsaber combat against a number of enemies, including Kylo Ren and Darth Vader; a strategic combat game allows you to command troops to fight against the Empire as they fight on your living room floor; Holochess is, well, Holochess as known from the franchise. Video can be uploaded from the device itself, so there is no need to rely on a connected smartphone to send your videos to YouTube.

The headset supports Google's Daydream VR platform, but adds 6-degrees-of-freedom tech to the mix (the Daydream View only supports 3DOF). In a written announcement, Google Vice-President of Virtual and Augmented Reality Clay Bavor explains why the new hardware is more immersive thanks to the WorldSense technology developed by Google. And as there's no screen or finder on such a camera - it's not needed, as you're capturing everything top-to-bottom and left-to-right in front of you - it's super easy to use. The devices, called VR180, are built to encourage people to capture 360 degree footage that can be viewed inside VR devices.

LAS VEGAS-Lenovo's Mirage Solo is the first standalone Daydream View headset we've seen, and it's a huge leap forward for Google's VR system. This would be good if you are wanting to get some great immersive images that you want to share in virtual reality later on.

More options to get involved with VR experiences could accelerate adoption of this still-nascent technology. Today at CES, it's announced an expansion of the platform by working with OEM partners.

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The camera is a little white rectangle with no viewfinder. It's more like a 3D camera, from those old days when we used to take stereoscopic 3D photos.

The Mirage has three simple operating modes: photo, video, and live broadcasting.

At the same time, Lenovo and Google also showed off the Mirage Camera, a dinky VR camera with two 13MP lenses that's able to shoot 180-degree videos. videos that you can then explore inside the Mirage Solo. The camera includes 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a 128 GB microSD card. They're also much more of a pain to orchestrate, as you need to figure out where to put yourself in the frame.

Lenovo is expecting to charge "under $300" for this camera, which seems like a decent price (and that is for the WiFi model, the LTE model doesn't have pricing yet). We don't know that, either.