Google CE Partners to Debut Standalone VR Headsets in 2017

Still, as a standalone device, this could be a good way to get more people trying virtual reality content. The tracking system, called WorldSense, has 6 degrees-of-freedom so users can move about freely instead of more limited platforms like Cardboard and Daydream which only allow users to look around from a fixed point.

Google plans to launch "Standalone VR" headsets that won't require a smartphone to work.

Google on Wednesday revealed what's next on its agenda for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Other VR headsets, like the Oculus Rift, must be connected to a PC with cables in order to operate. The system uses "a handful of sensors" in the device itself, rather than requiring externals cameras or setup, to make sure "your view in the virtual world matches that in the real world. you feel like you're really there". Google's Assistant, a voice-powered digital assistant like Siri, will be available as an app, and usable on iPhones in the USA first and then in Europe, Google told attendees at its developer conference Google I/O, which started yesterday.

United States prepares to ban laptops on flights from Europe
Australia, meanwhile, said it is considering to follow the United States and Britain with a laptop ban on inbound flights. The meeting next week is not tied to any decision by the US government on expanding the ban, the official said .

While regular VR headsets rely on an array of onboard and exterior sensors to track user movements, ArsTechnica says that Google's standalone platform will use "World Sense" technology to offer better tracking compared to other VR headsets on the market.

The company announced its seemingly ubiquitous web browser will soon come to Google's Daydream VR platform, giving us a chance to scroll through our favorite sites and spend even more time online while wearing the headset. The two companies partnering Google are Lenovo and HTC and each of these will have its own headset based on a reference design Google and Qualcomm have drafted together. A new Vive headset aims to address those concerns. Sure enough, yesterday afternoon a standalone VR headset was announced at the event, but Google's name wasn't the only one attached to it.

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