New report says Google still has high-end, stand alone AR/VR headset on the way

New report says Google still has high-end, stand alone AR/VR headset on the way
Yesterday we passed along a rumor that said Google had decided to stop production of a stand alone high-end VR headset it was supposedly working on. According to the report, the device was to run on an different operating system than Android, and would have competed with devices already shipped like Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. 50 Google employees were said to be working on the project.

Today, another rumor from anonymous tipsters inside Google say that yesterday's report was wrong, and the company is still working on a high-end headset that will support both AR and VR. While the Android powered Daydream VR platform will still generate its own stand alone headset, that device will be powered by Android. The high-end headset being worked on by Google won't need to be paired with a smartphone, and will have more AR features than most VR headsets offer.

While we don't have any clue as to what to expect on the device, back in February there was speculation that the headset would come with outwardly facing cameras, and contain sensors produced by Movidius. The latter is one of the leading providers of motion based chips.

source: Engadget

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19 Comments

1. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

What is ar?

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7202; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You beat me to the post. AR is augmented reality, and it uses the real world to be view with other image data laid over top. I just hope Google goes with USB-C type VR headsets. Especially since USB-C and USB 3.1 is definitely fast enough. You can put a display, audio, sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, buttons, ..). That way you don't have to upgrade the headset as often.

6. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I believe that is a requirement for daydream. The note s7 is rumored to be shipping with typeC and it'll be the 1st daydream approved phone. Allegedly

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Great explanation, just to extend on this VR is virtual reality, where screens/audio are used to simulate something else than the real world (they are working on ways to simulate feeling) MR is mixed reality, which is when AR and VR are both used or switched between People here need to stop mixing them up Hololens doesnt compete with Oculus or Vive Even Hololens vs Glass are differnet use cases, like a laptop vs a phone

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7202; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope they make a USB-C VR headset that is both small and light, like LG's G5 360 VR headset.

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Beat hololens or go home!! Kid

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7202; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You again with that crap about Hololens. Hololens currently has a 35 degree FOV, which is pretty crappy. Plus with a price of $3000. Hololens needs to greatly improve in a number of areas, before it can even think about taking on VR.

11. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

You clearly don't know buddy!! Check out Microsoft research or other youtube videos!! Fov. Is already increased!! I will say to again hololens or no s**t!!!

14. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i believe ms already have solutions to hololens problems,even before it was released.they just dont want to reveal the finishhed version until everything( like apps) is in place.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7202; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Please tell everyone here what the FOV is on the new Hololens? Also what is the new price? Hololens is currently $3000 and has a FOV of 35 degrees. Or to put it into perspective, it's equivalent to someone watching a 15" display two feet in front of you. Show some links, or prove it.

12. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

And it's not taking on VR buddy! Its already future tech!!

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7202; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, I know the difference between AR and VR, but clearly you always post on any articles related to AR or VR. Even if the article is only talking about VR. Yet you will always be their posting about Hololens, which is not available for the consumer market. At least VR is already out, and has many forms already.

13. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

havent u heard of sparselight vr and ar, microsoft solution to vr sickness and low fov?....it was able to give a full fov at cheaper cost...they also were able to bring high end components into smartphones.additionally,advanced hand tracking( ability to touch whats being displaying on vr) was also revealed in the video on youtube

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7202; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's just a few LEDs on the side of the headset. So the users get some light on the side when they move their head from side to side. Plus it doesn't actually give you a higher FOV in your vision. It only increases some lighting on your peripheral vision.

15. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i dont think anyone can beat hololens.with the pool of patents at their disposal and windows holographic platform,it will be difficult for anyone to catch up.besides,it took them five years to reach demo stage and its still in development;almost 2 years after revelation.do u think a company will come will surprise and beat hololens?not even magic leap

7. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

So Google may or may not have a headset on the way. Got it.

8. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

they should stop wasting their time.google have being failing in other areas,since the success of android...i dont see google competing with ps4 vr,oculus and vive or rivalling hololens.

9. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

its too late for anyone to catch up with microsoft,not even magic leap(who is yet to make an untethered AR or MR)

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Why ?

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