Lenovo has officially revealed the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream-powered VR headset. In addition to keeping the processing power, display, and power all confined to the headset for a completely untethered experience, the Mirage Solo also supports "WorldSense", a motion tracking technology that lets users move within a 1.5-meter range of compatible Daydream experiences without the need for external cameras or sensors. With many current VR solutions, you need to be tethered to a PC, and anyone that's used one of these knows that the cables just get in the way. And strikingly, it has six degrees of freedom (6DOF), which means that, like with the HTC Vive but unlike with all smartphone VR so far, you can actually walk around in your VR experiences. You can also use your smartphone to set up apps and content in your account and then watch them on the headset, which is the best of all possible user interfaces.
While images and video are easily viewed through Google Photo or YouTube via your web browser or smartphone, the real magic comes from using a VR headset as you can somewhat look around within the scene.
Google say that the Lenovo Mirage Solo will have a wide field-of-view and an improved display for blur-free images to minimise the "screen-door effect".
At Google IO 2017, there were some awesome tech demos that got us excited for WorldSense.
Hands-on with the Lenovo Mirage Solo and Camera with Daydream
That's right. With the Mirage Camera, you can live broadcast 180-degree video to such places as YouTube so your followers can see exactly what you're seeing in real time. The offset cameras capture the depth of the environment, which you can relive through a VR headset. The cameras shoot with a 180-degree FOV. I tried out the Mirage Solo and the most impressive aspect of it was just how comfortable it was to wear. The camera, also built in partnership with Google, is created to make it easy to shoot VR photos and videos.
The Mirage Camera will compete with 360 cameras, which give a much more complete VR experience. You can also change its functionality from app to app.
TechCrunch reports that Lenovo hopes to have the Mirage Solo out by the second quarter of this year and expects its final retail price to fall below $400.
Google showed off the new headset, dubbed Mirage Solo, at the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas. The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations.
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