Google's Daydream Platform Gets Its Biggest Expansion with New Standalone Headset

Standalone VR headsets that don't require a PC, a phone, or a whole mess of wires are going to make virtual reality so much more approachable.

The upcoming 2.0 release for Daydream is called Euphrates, it's got a number of new features for both the Daydream View headsets, as well as the newly announced, upcoming Standalone VR Headsets from HTC and Lenovo.

To be precise it has revealed to its I/O Developers conference that it has developed a Qualcomm-based reference design for a headset and HTC and Lenovo will be the first to produce it by the end of 2017.

The main difference from the current Daydream VR headset is that the new standalone device will not require a connection to a PC or a smartphone as it will have all the needed hardware built in.

One of the key changes will be an updated interface: Google wants Daydream VR to become more of a full-featured operating system. "Getting into VR is as easy as picking them up", Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Google, said in a Medium post.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ already come with Daydream compatible chipsets. Supporting these new devices is WorldSense, an inside out positional tracking system which supposedly "dramatically improves tracking" when compared to previous Daydream devices. While it has largely tried to deliver on the content bit, the devices have been lacking, mostly. The headsets are slated for release later in the year. This makes the headset heavier and less comfortable to wear and also prevents you using VR if your phone isn't around.

Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors.

Emphasis has been placed on creating more accessible technology in VR and making them available to more people.

It was bound to happen, and it has now with the Google I/O conference. It works initially with a handful of partner museums and the US DIY store Lowe's.

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