Google Is Building a New Virtual Reality Headset

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The most exciting announcement concerns the VR headset, as Google plans to launch standalone devices that don't even require a smartphone to further improve the user's VR experience.

Google's latest product in its Daydream line of VR hardware will be standalone VR headsets.

Google's Daydream View VR headset. Luckily, new devices are joining DayDream, including the highly successful Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus through a software update this summer, and the ZenFone AR. A number of "partners" are working on devices "designed just for VR", including HTC, the co-manufacturers of the seriously impressive and decently successful Vive, and...

By the end of the year, Google notes that a total of 11 devices will be available by the end of this year.

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Google touted new and improved positional tracking with its "World Sense" technology, which is created to sense your head movements so you don't need to add cameras and sensors throughout a room in your house just to do VR. The report claims that the new VR device will be able to run independent of a mobile or desktop computing system, but it is unclear whether it will run Android or any other operating system.

Google isn't the first Qualcomm customer to make use of the Snapdragon 835 VR Platform. The company says each headset will feature Vr-optimized displays, optics, and sensors. But this puts Google in the company of Oculus and Intel, both of whom have showed off standalone headsets with self-contained tracking systems. The headsets are slated for release later in the year.

Each device features WorldSense positional tracking for accurate movement representation, and also uses Tango-based tracking technology to enable these unbelievable experiences.

Google also showcased its Expeditions AR program as part of its educational outreach efforts.