Google and Lenovo have joined forces to come up with the world’s first standalone Daydream virtual reality (VR) headset, Mirage Solo. Unveiling of Mirage Solo was the companies’ big thing on the second of CES 2018. It is standalone because users will not need to tether it to a phone or computer before using.
Mirage Solo runs on Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform, and Lenovo is the manufacturing company.
What Users Expect From Mirage Solo, Courtesy of Lenovo
With an integrated 5.5-inch LCD screen that gives up to 1280 x 1440 pixels. Mirage Solo also offers 110 degrees of field view and Supports Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The standalone Daydream headset also comes fully packed with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage memory and a 256 GB expandable SD card slot. The company says that the device’s battery can last up to seven hours.
The $449 device will first hit the market in the first quarter of 2018. Together with it comes Lenovo’s Mirage Virtual Reality streaming camera launched at CES as well. With the ability to capture VR videos in 180 degrees field view, the Mirage camera also supports Daydream technology.
However, according to the press release, Mirage Solo has only 5 feet diameter of playing space. Compared to HTC Vive, the high-end PC or phone tethered headset that offers up to 16 feet of playing area, Mirage is way too low.
Also, the device uses motion-sensitive remote control just like the other Google’s existing Daydream headsets; this means that, Mirage Solo doesn’t come with its full-hand track motion controller. But, Clay Bavor, Google’s VR chief says that that is the next step the company will embark on after the inside-out tracking.
The Mirage Solo headset has two front-facing cameras that help to track movements in a 3D space; the tracked motion is then incorporated into the VR experience. The incorporation technology is called ‘Worldsense’.
Daydream is a comprehensive platform for several manufacturers, but when it comes to ‘standalone’, Lenovo so far is the only company that has made it. HTC announced the release earlier but later canceled it.