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Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset
Guillermo Lane | 10 January, 2018, 00:48

Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally.

Google's official standalone Daydream View VR headset has yet to make its way to consumers.

Lenovo has launched Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset at CES 2018.

The problem with most VR headsets goes beyond just being dependent on a separate device. "With their affordable price points, this VR duo brings innovative, new technologies such as WorldSense and VR180 to everyday users". In short, you can dodge, bank left, or jump, and all of that will be tracked and interpreted by the platform. The headset itself houses A Qualcomm 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard memory, a seven-hour battery, and a 2560 x 1440 LCD screen.

Once slipped over the head there's minimal rear reflection on the 5.5-inch screen, although some light leakage stops it from being as flawless as a high-end headset like, say, HTC Vive. And there are a couple of connectivity options, both wired and wireless, for audio and data. It comes with a wireless hand controller for navigating the Daydream user interface.

The headset is notably the first to make use of the Worldsense inside-out positional tracking technology announced by Google past year. Unlike the latter, the headset isn't front-heavy and has been created to distribute the weight evenly all throughout. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind.

Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset
Lenovo and Google Launch the World's First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

Fancy hardware would be meaningless if it didn't have the software to utilize it. The controller can also serve as an in-game controllable object (Lenovo gives the example of its being used as a baseball bat or a steering wheel for racing games). Lenovo meanwhile promised to introduce "an impressivesuite of apps that showcase the expanded Daydream ecosystem closer to the headset's availability".

If that isn't enough, however, Lenovo has another Daydream device ready.

And then there's the Mirage Camera. Pictures taken with the Lenovo Mirage Camera are still pretty immersive, and actually look pretty good.

To learn more, please visit www.yitechnology.com/180-vr-camera, and to learn more about YI Technology's other VR offerings go to yitechnology.com/yi-360-vr-camera and yitechnology.com/yi-halo-vr-camera. In fact, it's a 180-degree camera only. The Lenovo Mirage Camera, as it's called, has two fisheye cameras that record super-wide-angle 3D footage.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset will be available globally sometime in Q2 2018, and at a retail price of $449 (about RM1800), the headset will not come cheap.

Essentially, there's a flagship smartphone packed inside of the Mirage Solo.

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