Google's decided it's removing the phone part of the equation entirely, announcing at Google I/O 2017 today that it's building bespoke headsets that incorporate all its VR tech into one portable device.
Google said it has solved key problems with both augmented reality and its cousin, virtual reality, with a new standalone VR headset and a way to navigate indoors using visual reference points as a sort of indoor Global Positioning System, called VPS. Google has also partnered with HTC and Lenovo for the same.
Standalone Daydream VR headsets are due to hit the shelves later in 2017. HTC launched a preview page for the new device Wednesday, and promised updates on it in the near future. A report by Wall Street Journal a year ago claimed that Google was working on such a device, and rumors kept circulating regarding the headset for quite some time.
Once the device receives support, all you'll need is a Daydream View headset, available on the Google Store for $79.
Finally, Google demoed new additions to their educational Expeditions VR experiences, this time leveraging augmented reality to create classroom presentations where all sorts of experiments happen in front of students' eyes, through their device.
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The latter is especially remarkable because Samsung's existing relationship with Oculus on Samsung's Gear VR headset.
Neither headset has been shown, although HTC has released a tease of its model, pictured above.
The tracking has been apparently improved with the Word sense and Qualcomm has also prepared a blueprint for OEM's to implement the DayDream.
Google's current virtual reality headset, the Daydream View, must be connected to an Android-powered smartphone to function and is not capable of fully tracking a person's movements. This lets Google and hardware makers customize the displays, optics, and sensors to be flawless for virtual reality, he said.