Google might be prepping first-of-a-kind, standalone VR headset
posted by Peter K. / Feb 12, 2016, 4:34 AM
Rumor has it that Google could be secretly working on a standalone VR headset that won't rely on a compliant smartphone to work. It might not require a PC or any other smart device either. This would make this rumored gadget a pretty innovative one, as most current-gen VR headsets are not approached to as standalone devices, but more as accessories and functionality extenders of our phones and computers.
In order to be independent, Google's VR headset will need to come with a full hardware package. This means that it must have its own processors and sensors - the rumor mill tells us that these might be supplied by Movidius, one of the major manufacturers of motion chips and high-performance computational imaging devices. Additionally, Google's VR headset will certainly have its own display and will most likely employ a set of outward-facing cameras. That's everything the rumor mill has come up with so far.
As far as design and price are concerned, we know nothing so far, but one thing's for sure - it won't be as dirt cheap as the DIY $20 Cardboard VR headset. Rest assured that we will keep an ear close to the ground for additional info on Google's VR headset and if something pops up, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
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"but one thing's for sure - it be as dirt cheap as the Cardboard VR headset" yeah uh...how?
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 4:56 AM 0
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it "won't" be as dirt cheap as the Cardboard VR headset. Peter forgot the "won't"
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 4:59 AM 1
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So is this suppose to compete with Hololens AR? That's the only other standalone HMD I know other than Glass AR I hope Google are also still release something to replace Cardboard Like a Gear VR competitor, that's just $50-100
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 4:57 AM 1
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I'm guessing a device like this would cost at least $600? Considering the Note 5 is around $800 and the Gear VR is another $100...the Google VR obviously wouldn't have call functionality and a few other things that it won't have to include compared to a phone. The Hololens for select developers costs $3,000 and will be shipping out in Q1 so I think Hololens is in a completely different league compared to any VR device out there. The possibilities with Hololens are seriously mind-blowing..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 8:19 AM 2
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SAO here we come lol
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 5:16 AM 0
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NerveGear and AmuSphere are still connected to a computer or a system of some kind.
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 5:38 AM 0
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Google starts working on a "first of a kind standalone vr headset"? Oh, like the Microsoft Hololens unveiled over a year ago. It is by definition, not first of a kind, Microsoft beat them to the punch.
posted on Feb 12, 2016, 8:33 PM 1
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Except that Hololens isn't a VR headset which means you're 100% wrong or so. I would LOVE Google to bring this out, but only with AMOLED screens and preferably 4k resolution.
posted on Feb 13, 2016, 3:58 PM 0
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