Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google Announced WorldSense, Stand Alone VR Headset

Google Announced WorldSense, Stand Alone VR Headset

"Daydream will soon also support a new category of VR devices, which we call standalone VR headsets", Google explained in its blog post. They will also let wearers use the headset while seated or standing.

The company announced the next steps for its virtual and augmented reality technology on Thursday at its annual I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California.

In the new version of Daydream, called Euphrates, you can broadcast what you see in virtual reality to a regular TV over a Chromecast. Portability is also another feature Google is working on. But VR is a crowded space and Google will have to compete with Oculus, Intel, Samsung and others. They've show us what they can do with VR previous year, launching the Daydream VR platform with matching VR-enabled phones in the Google Pixel and the Daydream View VR headset.

An example of this new manager is the System Dashboard that you can summon in the midst of your VR experience.

It is also clear that the actual hardware may be manufactured by individual companies licensed to use the Daydream platform and with the VR related chipset being supplied through Qualcomm. And this is why you will feel that you are really there.

There's no word on a release date for the Euphrates update however.

One problem VR software makers have been trying to combat since virtual reality starting becoming more mainstream is the perception that it's a one-person affair.

Clay Bavor teased that the upcoming standalone Daydream VR headsets will come equipped with "everything built right in". What's more, Daydream users will now be able to form parties and watch VR videos on YouTube together, sharing the experience in the same virtual space. This way you will be able to jump into VR without being disconnected from the world if you so wish. Our friends from SlashGear map out the changes in more detail (via the source link below), but it sure is an exciting time for VR and Google.

Other uses include multiplayer guessing games where either the VR user or people watching on television have to figure out what the other knows.

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