Lenovo Debuts Standalone Mirage Solo Daydream VR Headset, Mirage Daydream VR Camera

Lenovo Debuts Standalone Mirage Solo Daydream VR Headset, Mirage Daydream VR Camera

Because it's integrated into the device, pixels are nearly indiscernible to the degree that we didn't find ourselves trying to readjust the headset to get a better look.

Content shot by the Mirage camera is wirelessly uploaded to Google Photos and YouTube, where it can be viewed either as a VR video through a headset, or as a 180-degree video which can be panned around with a mouse on the desktop, or by tilting a smartphone or tablet. In addition to keeping the processing power, display, and power all confined to the headset for a completely untethered experience, the Mirage Solo also supports "WorldSense", a motion tracking technology that lets users move within a 1.5-meter range of compatible Daydream experiences without the need for external cameras or sensors. That also touches on the problem with tracking. Microsoft (MSFT) also offers a similar technology in its Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Google calls this technology Worldsense. And from there you can view it in the Daydream View, or if you have the Mirage Solo, you can pop out the micro SD card (a good reason to use a micro SD card versus the internal storage) and put it into the Mirage Solo and view your content. In short, you can dodge, bank left, or jump, and all of that will be tracked and interpreted by the platform.

Additionally, since most headsets have all the weight at the front, Lenovo built the Mirage Solo with a neat weight distribution system for overall comfort. It also will have dual mics, a headphone jack (!) and a 2560 x 1440 LCD screen. And there are a couple of connectivity options, both wired and wireless, for audio and data. It comes with a wireless hand controller for navigating the Daydream user interface. Unlike the latter, the headset isn't front-heavy and has been created to distribute the weight evenly all throughout.

Lenovo Mirage Camera for You Tube VR streaming
Lenovo Debuts Standalone Mirage Solo Daydream VR Headset, Mirage Daydream VR Camera

Fancy hardware would be meaningless if it didn't have the software to utilize it. This unlocks a much more immersive VR experience, and allows VR games that are interactive to the user's physical movements that can now include forwards and backwards as well as crouching and jumping.

If that isn't enough, however, Lenovo has another Daydream device ready. Lenovo hasn't revealed a specific ship date yet, but expects the Solo to hit retail in the second quarter of 2018 for $450. Speaking of launch, it's slated for Q2 2018, and it is going to be available in the same Moonlight White color. It is the first standalone Daydream headset and it can provide the full VR experience with no extra parts.

VR footage from a 360-degree camera typically feels held away from the action.

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