Google, Lenovo team up on VR headset and 3D 180-degree camera
Wearing a VR headset without a phone, and no wires necessary.
That's a thing that's happening in 2018.
The Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset.
Is coming later this year at a price somewhere around $400 or less, and it has a Snapdragon 835 processor inside, you don't have to put a phone in, and in that partnership with Google, it allows not just Daydream VR, which is available on a number of other Android phones, but you can also do a little movement too.
Thanks to two stereoscopic cameras in the front that allow sixth degree of freedom tracking.
That's kind of like what you get in your top end VR headsets that are connected to PCs.
The motion range is a little more limited, though.
You can duck and move Move, but you're not really meant to walk around.
The controller is the same one that comes with other Daydream headsets currently.
We tried a few experiences, including a Blade Runner experience, that allowed me to click around.
Walked up to virtual noodle stands And duck, and then look at details.
I was able to walk, and I was able to click, duck and lean.
And that's kind of a way to move with this headset.
That's different than oculus go at 200 dollar headset coming this year That also won't have a phone but will not have that leaning motion element added.
Now it's unclear How many apps Daydream has that are going to work with that extra movement and leaning function and that's the thing to keep an eye on here But, as a stand alone headset that doesn't need a phone, that definitely seems where mobile VR is heading.
For those people that may not want to pay up for a phone that can do it.
Lenovo is also making a separate stereoscopic camera.
The Lenovo Mirage Camera In partnership with Google that is meant to shoot 180 degree 4K 30 frames per second video that's also 3D.
And that stuff can not only play back on a Daydream VR headset for upload to YouTube, but you could also just send it to a phone and use it record moments.
It's not 360 and it doesn't have a viewfinder but the camera's meant to be very easily used And record anything that you are pointing at, because that field of view will cover anything that is in front of the camera.
That's going to cost around three hundred dollars.
That's where Lenovo is headed with VR and with Google, and we're at CS in Las Vegas trying them on.
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