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Google Announces Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets

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According to Google, the key problems with virtual and augmented reality have been solved. At least in what concerns them. But the company will not stop here and it is planning a standalone virtual reality headset. Also, a new way to navigate indoors using visual reference points, bearing the name VPS. The company revealed that it has been working with HTC and Lenovo and it is planning to reveal their first VR devices later this year. They will reportedly be based on the Google Daydream technology. The company will also use Qualcomm chips for the VR headsets. Apart from this, another announcement from Google concerned the Asus Zenfone AR. This is a second-generation phone which will reportedly go on sale this summer.

Google has big plans with VR technology

It is quite normal for companies and manufacturers to consider the virtual and augmented reality business as one full of opportunities. And even of VR and AR devices are still two separate things, the line between them might soon disappear. However, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to virtual reality is to offer users more freedom of movement. The wires restricting the user and the headset are maybe the most bothering factor, because of prevents people from fully enjoying the VR experience.

According to Clay Bavor, Google’s vice president of virtual reality, their new headsets are going to change the face of VR forever. He is mainly basing his enthusiasm on the fact that they will not have any wires, no phones and no big computers around. He said that the company’s VR headsets will have their own displays and components specifically designed for virtual reality. They will also use the so-called “precise tracking”. This is the technology that allows the headsets to position the user in the real world without any wires.

Preparing for the future

As for augmented reality, Google introduced the Google Glass headset. However, they preferred to abandon it and focus on mobile games. Now, they are planning to introduce the Visual Positioning Service (VPS) which his mainly a mapping technology. Thanks to satellites, the GPS will position the phone. However, if the user goes somewhere inside, like a mall, it gets harder for the deice to use orientation. So, the VPS will use some reference points (lights, stairs, objects) in order to position the phone inside. However, nobody knows when this VPS feature will roll out.

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