Google is reportedly working on a standalone VR headset - no PC, console or laptop required

By midian182
Feb 12, 2016
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  1. Last week, it was reported that Google would be releasing a device sometime later this year as a successor to its Cardboard virtual reality system; one that would supposedly feature a host of improvements over the cheap VR viewer, and be more like Samsung’s Gear VR headset.

    Now, a report from the Wall Street Journal claims that in addition to working on this smartphone-powered headset, Google is also developing a VR first: a stand-alone device that requires no smartphone, computer or games console to power it.

    The device will reportedly feature a display, outward-facing cameras (possibly depth-sensing ones like those used on Project Tango), and high-powered processors using chips from startup Movidius Inc, a company specializing in embedded machine vision.

    Movidius acknowledged that it has a “business relationship” with Google, and said in a statement that it works with many companies on virtual reality and augmented reality devices, but it didn’t go into details.

    Should the reports prove to be true, the headset would be another product from Google’s recently formed Virtual Reality division, which is headed by the company’s VP for product management, Clay Bavor.

    With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive requiring fairly beefy PCs to get the most out of them, and cheaper, smartphone-powered devices unable to match the quality of these headsets, Google’s potential stand-alone device could offer a good middle-ground between these two types of VR experiences.

    The headset is reportedly in the early stages of development, so we may not see it until next year, but it’s yet another indication that tech companies view virtual reality as the future of the industry.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

    $20 says it records pupil data and sends the analytics to a database for consumer profiling.
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  3. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    The thing I don't get with this stupid spin about it being cheaper, you still need a $1000 phone to run it, how is that so much cheaper then a $1500 pc, yes most people already have a phone but its not coming from the unicorn land of fairy's, you're still paying for the phone

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