Daydream 2.0 Euphrates will come with some very welcome features

Ken Copeland
May 20, 2017

This enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks the user's movements in space without the need for external sensors.

At its annual Google I/O developer conference, the company announced that it is working on expanding its Daydream virtual reality program to include a standalone headset. The fruits of this multi-year effort with Google now offers customers choice in Daydream headsets - from smartphone VR to standalone VR.

The search giant said Wednesday that it's creating a new VR headset that, unlike most of its rivals, does not require a personal computer or a mobile phone to use. They are free-form and wireless, yet still capable of providing full 360 degree tracking using what Google calls WorldSense.

"Standalone headsets don't require a phone or PC".

He said LG's next flagship smartphone, set to launch later this year, will support Daydream.

For a higher performance for the standalone Daydream VR headset, Google will be working with Qualcomm and use the company's Snapdragon 835 processor.

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In addition, the headsets will be truly standalone, in that they will not only not require using a smartphone or tethering to a personal computer to operate, such as is now the case with Facebook Inc. -owned Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.

Google has announced that its Daydream design will be available in the market before the end of this year.

Google has collaborated with Qualcomm to develop and build on the design for the standalone headset.

Google didn't provide many details of what the actual finished product will look like, other than showing a very minimalist sketch.

WordSense is based on Google's Tango technology, which allows devices to track motion, understand distances, and establish their position in the real world. In terms of price, it was reported that the devices would be in the "the mid-hundreds range", which is comparable to the current versions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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