Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

Lenovo's Mirage camera uses dual-13 megapixel fisheyes cameras and 180- by 180-degree field of view to capture stereoscopic photos and video. However, HTC chose to scrap its headset previous year, with sources telling Variety that the decision came after the Oculus Go was announced. We do not yet have pricing or availability on this one.

All we know is that it will be "affordable", apparently.

Lenovo and Yi's devices will be hitting stores this spring with the Mirage Camera priced at under $300. Like Google's own line of Daydream-powered headsets, the Mirage Solo is controlled by a small handheld remote.

WorldSense relies on a set of front-facing cameras as well as a combination of motion-tracking sensors, allowing accurate tracking of six degrees of movement.

"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", Google's Clay Bavor explained. At the moment, this headset is the lone WorldSense headset in existence, and without any new partnership announcements, it will stay that way for a bit.

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 256x1440 display offers a 110-degree filed of view, and the whole headset weighs in at 1.42 pounds. The headset has also been engineered for better load distribution to reduce strain on the wearer. "We also lined the areas that touch your face and forehead with breathable, insulated contoured padding for maximum comfort". There are no integrated headphones, but unlike many modern phones, the Mirage Solo at least comes with a traditional headphone jack.

In other words, whereas the Daydream View can tell when you move your head to the left and right, the Mirage Solo understands when you're crouching, jumping, and moving forwards and backwards too.

Complementing the Mirage Solo is a wireless Daydream controller. In addition to navigation, it can also be used as a baseball bat, steering wheel, or whatever fits that given app or game. You can also change its functionality from app to app. This VR180 system was developed initially for YouTube as a way to record and play video that would look perfectly normal on any "flat" display, like a computer monitor or smartphone, but still had the 3D effect when watched inside a VR headset. Samsung uses a similar model with its $129 Gear VR headset, though that uses Facebook's Oculus software.

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