Google Is Building a New Virtual Reality Headset

Posted May 18, 2017

Google Daydream has many phones that are now compatible, including the upcoming LG flagship smartphone that will be launched later in the year.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google plans to push virtual reality to more people by working with hardware partners on standalone headsets.

However, those users who don't want to insert a device in a Daydream VR headset, or connect a headset to a PC to experience VR, will be able to buy standalone VR headsets.

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Bavor did not elaborate on the new headset's technical specifications, but said that because it would be an all-in-one device.

The Google-powered standalone VR products will also use positioning inside-out tracking technology Google calls WorldSense.

Google's getting real help with its virtual reality efforts. Instead of sliding your phone inside the headset, the new Vive VR viewer already has the screen, power and room-mapping smarts packed in. "We're thrilled that headsets will begin to hit shelves later this year".

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Meanwhile, Google has been steadily building up its collection of tools for creating VR content.

While major details about the headset are unclear, the announcement ties together a lot of Google's recent VR acquisitions and makes the company a more notable player in the VR space. That means we also don't know things like price, or how different headsets might differ. By intelligently using the phone's camera to "see" your location, VPS promises to guide you to your destination.

Google also announced that Expeditions VR, the platform that lets students take virtual "field trips", will roll out to some schools through a Pioneer program this fall.

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