Lenovo & HTC Making Standalone Daydream Headsets
Google announced at its developer conference that we will be having standalone Daydream Virtual Reality headsets from Lenovo and HTC Vive later this year.
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The standalone Daydream headsets currently under development will have all the hardware you need, built right in. They are both based on Qualcomm 835 VR platform and use WorldSense for positional tracking without needing external sensors.
Both headsets have only been seen in simple sketches, but they look like any conventional VR headset if we are allowed to mix the word ‘conventional’ with ‘VR headset’. Lenovo’s Daydream headset rests against your forehead while HTC’s one will feature an overhead strap. For the moment, we think both headsets will include Daydream touch controllers or very similar ones, but that could change anytime.
Rumors say that Google may be integrating sensors and eye tracking for mapping the physical world. By making this kind of standalone headsets, Google will try to market its own platform to people who don’t own compatible Android smartphones. This will allow more people to try Google’s VR experiences, and it isn’t the only one, Oculus seems to be working on a similar device as well.
Price and more details are still unknown for both headsets, but you can expect them to cost at least $300, considering the expensive hardware and processing power it’s needed to run VR applications.
Source: The Verge