Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Google To Launch Dedicated VR Headset At I/O 2017

Google To Launch Dedicated VR Headset At I/O 2017

But according to a new report from Variety, Google is about to show off the next stage in VR technology - which is going to be an untethered, standalone headset - at its I/O 2017 developer conference, which kicks off tomorrow. This means Google's upcoming VR headset is expected to include the camera, sensors, battery and processor into the headset kit itself.

Google has reportedly been working on such a standalone headset for more than a year. Daydream is Google's current VR platform that makes use of high-end smartphones to power the apps and VR experience. Its technology could help Daydream View 2.0 improve positional tracking, an essential component of VR gaming.

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But sources also cautioned the company may decide to give a limited preview and there's always a chance that it may scrap the unveiling altogether and focus on its existing Daydream VR platform.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment. Starting with the affordable Google Cardboard, the Mountain View giant followed this measly (but decent) creation with the Daydream VR headset. It could well be Android, but earlier reports have said the headset would make use of a brand new operating system. The new headset will reportedly use on-board sensors that are created to eliminate the need to install external hardware. Without the extra hardware, VR could be greatly simplified for users. Early on, Google acquired Tiltbrush, the drawing app that lets users create 3D paintings and that has even been embraced by Disney animation legend Glen Keane.

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The report comes one year after last year's confab, known as I/O, where Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled a big push into hardware.

And earlier this month, Google acquired Owlchemy Labs, the maker of the Job Simulator, another highly-popular VR game. A consumer release would be far off in the future, with the announcement at I/O aimed at likely giving developers time to create optimized apps for the new device.

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