Google made a lot of announcement at Google I/O developer conference. One of the major announcements was Google VR headsets will be fully tracked and untethered. It will support standalone devices by HTC Vive and Lenovo. These VR headsets will not need any PC or smartphone to operate. But Google didn’t manufacture the device themselves. The first Google VR headsets will go on sale this year, though the official date is not known yet. The company didn’t make an official statement about the price tag of this device too.
The advanced technology used in Google VR headsets
In this new range of devices, they will use “WorldSense.” It is a new field of technology which will enable the headset to track the movements of the person who wears it. For this, you will not need any external sensors. The focus of Google is to create headsets which will be easy to use and control. Portability is also another feature Google is working on.
The WorldSense is a part of the tango technology of Google. With this technology, the Google VR headset can understand the distance, track the motion and also create a position for the user in the real world. The primary use of this technology is in AR, but Google is looking for ways to implement it in VR technology as well. The new technology from Google will take on Intel and Oculus and even offer Google a competitive edge.
The use of Visual Positioning System
It is clear that the number of smartphones compatible with Daydream technology is increasing. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ already come with Daydream compatible chipsets. The WorldSense technology makes sure that your world matches up with the virtual world. And this is why you will feel that you are really there. The upgrade is a significant step from the Daydream Holster which can only detect the head tilts and not the position.
After the presentation, HTC announced the name of the Daydream headset will be called the Vive Standalone. The company promises it to be simplistic. It is more focused on movement tracking, dodge, lean, duck and wish. Google VP for VR, Clay Bavor announced the next flagship of LG will support the Google VR headset. Bavor also announced a new AR initiative called the Visual Positioning System.
It works like the GPS, but instead of GPS satellites, the VPS uses a phone camera to look for the different features in a room and matches them with previous data points. So, it can locate the presence of a phone up to a few centimeters. Thus, the system works only indoors. Both HTC Vive and Lenovo are working on the Daydream supported standalone VR headsets. We expect the first model to release this year.