Google brings OEM partners into Daydream VR platform with CES launch

Google brings OEM partners into Daydream VR platform with CES launch
Google brings OEM partners into Daydream VR platform with CES launch
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10 Enero, 2018

Lenovo has revealed a pair of new devices to capture and view virtual reality content, under the company's Mirage sub-brand.

Previous Google Daydream headsets required the use of a compatible phone installed in them. Its development team consists of industry-leading experts from the US, China, Japan, Israel and Europe with several decades of combined experience in imaging technology, algorithms, data analysis, cloud computing and mobile applications.

The Mirage Solo is the first step in fully integrating Daydream into a headset. In addition to the headset, Lenovo is also bundling a wireless Daydream controller, as well as a bonus free VR experience set in the Blade Runner world.

The Mirage Solo requires neither PC tethering (like the HTC Vive and Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) Oculus Rift) nor smartphone (like the traditional Daydream and Samsung's Gear VR).

In the stock demos we've seen from Lenovo, this rings true: the sense of depth in the party scene (above) feels truly immersive, almost like being there.

The headset itself did feel a little rigid, and the horizontal placement of the phone, protruding outward from your forehead, also made it feel heavier than your typical mobile VR headset.

A Wi-Fi version of the camera will be on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while a model with LTE for uploading video on the go will be available at a later date - and no doubt for a higher, but for now undisclosed, price. A first look at the tag might shock you, but based on the powerful tech that's been implemented and acknowledging just how well it's been done, this seems like a sweet spot. It didn't provide any other availability specifics. It features a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker.

Lenovo's positioning the Mirage Solo as the perfect compliment to its YouTube-focused VR180 Mirage Camera, which it announced separately on Tuesday. These VR180 cameras will help anyone shoot 3D, immersive photos and video without having to shell out loads and loads of cash.

YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. They're also much more of a pain to orchestrate, as you need to figure out where to put yourself in the frame.

Google says: "What if you could do more than just remember a moment; what if you could relive it?"

So there you have it for this quick look at the Lenovo Mirage Solo and Camera!

The visual fidelity provided by the wide 110-degree field of view of its 2,560 x 1,440 LCD display was immediately noticeable. We don't know that, either.


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