Google, Lenovo announce standalone Daydream VR headset, no smartphone required

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Everything comes with a price, and the Mirage Solo is expect to come in under $400 (about £300, AU$500). HTC had initially signed on to launch a headset based on the Google platform, but canceled their plans and chose to release their Vive Focus headset exclusively in China in partnership with Qualcomm.

The idea of a standalone mobile VR headset is definitely a good one and should provide a better experience than using your smartphone.

"It's based on years of investment in simultaneous localization and mapping, and it enables PC-quality positional tracking on a mobile device without the need for any additional external sensors".

With a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on board, as well as a 2560 x 1440 pixel display inside across both eyes, it sounds a lot like a typical 2017 flagship phone.

The Mirage Solo is nearly like the lovechild of the PSVR headset and the Google Daydream View, combining their sheer simplicity in design with impressive functionality that enhances the VR experience during marathon sessions. "WorldSense lets you duck, dodge and lean, and to step backwards, forwards, and side to side, unlocking new gameplay elements that bring the virtual world to life". There is also a tripod mount on the bottom, so you could theoretically mount it on a tripod and get some really stable images.

"We truly believe that it should be easy for everyone to create and share virtual reality experiences", said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology.

The Mirage Camera is one of the first gadgets to embrace Google's VR180 format which aims to hit a sweet spot for capturing memories. Around to the other end, you have your volume controls and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

To go with the Mirage Solo, Lenovo also announced a new virtual reality camera, the Mirage Camera.

The Lenovo Mirage Camera sports dual 13MP fisheye cameras with 180×180 field of view that can record video at a 4K resolution. Viewers can also easily view the content in 2D. It's a pretty simple, but very useful camera. Google claims that they have a more natural sense of depth than 360-degree cameras while being more useful than traditional cameras, though I wouldn't be surprised if most people would struggle to see the point. Google says that YI will have a camera out this Spring (seen above). Read on for more details about the exciting new WorldSense technology and the full spec sheet. Especially with a big player like Google investing in compelling content experiences for its Daydream platform, such as a game set in the Blade Runner universe, titled Blade Runner: Revelations.

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