Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

Today at CES, it's announced an expansion of the platform by working with OEM partners. The result is an immersive 110-degrees VR experience anywhere that blurs the lines between reality.

The Lenovo Mirage Camera will be priced at "under $300". Part of that is due to the use of more advanced technology.

Lenovo's VR180 camera comes in both WiFi and LTE variants and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD. You get the benefit of a wireless headset, but the dedicated processing power to do things like WorldSense; optical tracking of the world instead of being reliant of fickle accelerometers.

Remember that you'll need a decent-spec PC to run any VR - if you don't have one, keep an eye on gaming PC deals - any high-end rig will run VR well, though some specifically advertise themselves as "VR-ready" now to show they meet the required specs for Vive and Oculus.

On traditional VR headsets, this happens with huge sensors throughout your "VR room" or living room.

Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

The Daydream headset uses WorldSense technology, meaning it requires no external cameras or sensors to track the user's movement in a virtual world.

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. Overall, it's a pretty stark - and not necessarily positive - change from Google's fabric-covered Daydream View, but it also seems created to offer greater stability. The headset works without the need for a PC or phone to run VR experiences, and features integrated positional tracking. The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations. Battery life is a claimed two hours of continuous recording and the device is charged via a USB-C port.

As for wearing the device, Lenovo thought of comfort and the overall fit first, then everything else. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository. You'll also enjoy adjustable dials and size accommodations for any face shape and visual aids like glasses. As expected, it uses the same motion-sensitive remote as other Daydream headsets. The Mirage Camera is a compact VR capture device that records 180 degrees of video via two 13MP fisheye lenses. Once footage is filmed, users can upload it to Google Photos or YouTube for viewing and sharing, and can watch on a standard browser or on any VR headset.

So when can you get one and for how much? Stay tuned for more details.

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