Google Announces 'WorldSense' Inside-out Tracking for Standalone Daydream VR Headsets

"[It's] what we call standalone VR headsets", said Clay Bavor, Google's vice president of VR efforts.

Both HTC Vive and Lenovo are also working on Daydream-supported standalone VR headsets, and the first models are expected to be released later this year.

Google today said that LG's upcoming flagship, which will be launched later this will, will also support Daydream VR.


Speaking of, what can we say about standalone Google-powered VR headsets other than "finally"? That's big news because that's one of the most popular Android phones in the world, yes. These headsets will be coming sometime later this year.

Virtual reality immerses users in an artificial world and initially has been taken up most actively for gaming. Qualcomm designed (with Samsung's help) its Snapdragon 835 SoC for the express goal of enabling "immersive experiences" on mobile devices. They'll feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment. Instead of sliding your phone inside the headset, the new Vive VR viewer already has the screen, power and room-mapping smarts packed in. While exact specifications have yet to be confirmed for the headsets, Backchannel reported they are expected to be priced within a range comparable to the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Samsung's decision to make its technology compatible with Google's is noteworthy considering Samsung sells a competing mobile VR headset, the Gear VR, which requires Samsung smartphones to operate. Think about it: a gizmo built with VR in mind from the ground up, with the best sensors, high-quality optics, and top-notch displays, should be able to outperform a smartphone any day.

Google also showcased its Expeditions AR program as part of its educational outreach efforts.

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