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Daydream to soon support standalone VR headsets; new indoor positioning tech in works

18 May 2017 0

The first day of Google I/O Developer’s conference was filled with so many important announcements, not only for the developers but for the consumers too. These include new great features of Google Photos, 360-degree YouTube videos for TV, Google Assistant’s awesome capabilities, Beta 1 registration for Android O, and much more.

Google also talked about the AR and VR at their event and the company first revealed that Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will soon become the Daydream-ready smartphones with the help of the software update.

Google announced that Daydream will soon also support a new type of VR devices, which they like to call Standalone VR headsets. As the name implies, these headsets don’t require a phone or PC.

The hardware is fully optimized for VR and features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense that enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks your precise movements in space.

To achieve this standalone headset design, Google has worked closely with Qualcomm.

Google announced that HTC Vive and Lenovo will be the first ones to release such devices later this year.


Google also talked about something for AR by first highlighting the best of Tango technology. After that, Google announced that Asus Zenfone AR will be available this summer. Google also announced that they’re working on a service to offer detailed indoor location using its Tango 3D sensing computer vision tech. Google has named this tech Visual Positioning Service.

Google announced this tech will help you quickly and accurately understand their location indoors. Contrary to GPS, the VPS can direct you right to the item you’re looking for once inside. This tech could be helpful for the visually impaired people navigate through the world.

With their latest AR tech, Google will once again target the classrooms. More than two million students have already taken virtual field trips with Expeditions using Cardboard, and this fall, Google will bring AR lessons to schools through their Pioneer Program.


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