Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset at CES

Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset at CES

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  • Google unveiled the Lenovo Mirage Solo, its
    first standalone VR headset at CES on Tuesday. 
  • The Lenovo Mirage Solo has many features commonly found
    in smartphones. 
  • Because of its high-tech hardware, the headset does not
    require a smartphone, PC or video game console to render
    virtual reality graphics.


Google announced
 the first standalone virtual reality
headset powered by its Daydream technology during the International Consumer Electronics
Show
(CES) on Tuesday.

The Mirage Solo, made by Chinese hardware maker Lenovo, will go
on sale sometime between April and June for less than $400. The
forthcoming headset, which allows users to step into virtual
worlds without connecting to a PC or a smartphone, comes as
Google races Facebook’s Oculus to bring a standalone VR headset
to market.

The Mirage Solo packs many of the same hardware specs as a
high-end smartphone, including a processing chip, a
high-resolution display, memory, internal storage, external
storage, cameras and a massive battery. It even includes a
headphone jack.

Google originally showcased its concept for a standalone VR
headset during its
annual I/O conference
in May. Such headsets do not require a
smartphone, PC or video game console to render virtual reality
graphics. Everything is rendered within the headset so ideally
users never have to take it off while in a VR experience.

Standalone headsets allow users to have a wide range of motion,
referred to as
six degrees of freedom
(6DOF). This technology makes it so
users don’t have to map out an area with cameras and sensors
before using a VR headset.

While initial sales of VR headsets have fallen short of industry
expectations, some analysts believe the simplicity of standalone
headsets could help the technology resonate with consumers. 

Facebook-owned Oculus has promised to release a standalone
version of its VR headset sometime this year, though it has not
specified a date.


Lenovo Mirage Camera
Lenovo VR180 Mirage Camera
Google

Google also announced the
Lenovo VR180 Mirage camera
, which allows users to shoot video
in high-resolution, up to 4K and wide angle, up to 180-degrees.
Users can capture images and videos on the VR180 Mirage camera
and then transfer a microSD card from the camera to the Mirage
Solo headset to view the content in VR.

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