New Google Headset, Camera Aim to Spread VR Beyond Gaming

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The Mirage Solo is powered by WorldSense, a new Google technology that can understand a user's movement without requiring external sensors, according to a Google product page.

Inside-out tracking, popularized by Microsoft's HoloLens and then its Windows Mixed Reality, solves those limitations.

Also revealed at CES in Las Vegas today (January 9), the Mirage Solo complies with Google's Daydream VR standards and offers a 110-degree view wherever you look.

The big news is its support for Google WorldSense, an inside-out positional tracking technology similar to what Microsoft uses on its line of "Mixed Reality" VR headsets. Google calls this technology Worldsense.

With a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on board, as well as a 2560 x 1440 pixel display inside across both eyes, it sounds a lot like a typical 2017 flagship phone.

Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset with Daydream

Part of the freedom promised by the Mirage Solo is thanks to its hardware, which is practically a smartphone built inside the VR headset. Like the Daydream View, the Lenovo Mirage Solo also comes with a wireless controller sporting a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker. Unlike the latter, the headset isn't front-heavy and has been created to distribute the weight evenly all throughout. Until we get a real VR app or game that grabs the attention of mainstream consumers, VR won't move the needle much for Lenovo or Google. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository.

Back to the newly outed Mirage Solo from Lenovo, and we've been given a price estimate of under $400 (roughly £295) for when the device goes on sale sometime in the spring.

As far as specs go here, the Lenovo Mirage Camera features two 13-megapixel cameras, with 180-degree field of view. In fact, it's a 180-degree camera only. And since these cameras have WiFi built-in, shipping those captured media files to Google Photos or YouTube is relatively easy.

However, if you want to ensure the camera's point of view is flawless - perhaps you want it positioned low down or up high for dramatic effect - then it can be paired with a smart Android device, such as a smartphone, to get a live-stitched preview. Speaking of launch, it's slated for Q2 2018, and it is going to be available in the same Moonlight White color. Initially Lenovo told us it would cost $450 but clearly realized this was too steep - that's higher than the price of the Oculus Rift - and has adjusted course.

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