Recent rumor about Google has been confirmed that they have been working over a standalone VR headset that is based on its Daydream platform. Also, it has signed huge partners which include HTC and Lenovo to bring this product to the market.
This announcement was made by Clay Bavor who is the president that is in charge of VR in the yearly Google I/O conference. This standalone Daydream headset has confirmed that rumors that have been spreading for over a year about this advertising tycoon looking to tackle smartphone-driven VR developments. This is also not the very first time that Google explored head worn gadgets since it also took a dive into its Google Glass a few years back.
Bavor states that this Daydream headset which still has no name was created in collaboration with Qualcomm and is based over the company’s Snapdragon-powered platform. Still Google has no plans to make the device available on the market but considering the development of the device’s ‘reference design’ along with the partnership announcement with HTC and Lenovo it becomes obvious that it would be marketing this device probably over its Vive branding to be considered as an alternative to PC-tethered Vive wearable headsets.
The design of this headset is referenced to Google’s positional tracking system that is called WorldSense. Something of which that Bavor said that makes use of only a few internal sensors to deliver the right-on-the-dot positioning info for a room-scale VR setting. This works in opposition to other devices which include HTC Vive and Oculus Rift which requires a certain room to be prepared and set up with 2 additional external sensors to establish a complete room tracking setting.
Unfortunately, we were unable to unfold details on the pricing as well as the availability of the products in the market. What’s even worse is that there were no sneak-peaks or announcements of the specs of the device either.
Along with the recent announcement, Google additional mentioned that the beta version of Android O which is a VPS (Visual Positioning System) that is referenced to its Project Tango system designed for location tracking indoors along with a second gen Tensor Flow Proci (TPU) accelerator that offers 25 trillion of floating points in a second (teraflops) involving compute with regards to deep-learning as well as other AI projects – one of which is an expected major update out of the original model of the company which is also announced the same month last year.