Google Could Give a Glimpse of Standalone VR Device at I/O 2017

Still, as a standalone device, this could be a good way to get more people trying virtual reality content.

Daydream VR has so far been an experience that has run on your smartphone, but now it's making the jump into a standalone headset. The new headsets will also be including Worldsense tracking technology, which according to Cal Bavor, the Google VP for VR, will offer dramatically improved tracking. Google made it clear that this positional tracking works without users having to install any external sensors. Google is working on standalone headsets with Lenovo Group Ltd. and HTC Corp., the company said.

The biggest highlight of these handsets will be that they don't require a smartphone or PC like most other existing headsets, such as Samsung Gear VR and Google's own VR headset. It's possible on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, two more expensive headsets, but requires cords connected to a TV. "Getting into VR is as easy as picking them up", Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Google, said in a Medium post.

The current incarnation of the Daydream headsets are little more than head-mounted containers for smartphones, but Google's latest offering seeks to free users from their smartphones.

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Google's I/O developer conference is scheduled to take place in Mountain View from May 17 to May 19.

Google has confirmed rumours that it is working on a standalone virtual reality headset based around its Daydream platform, and that it has signed Lenovo and HTC up as partners to bring it to market.

The headsets, which will launch before the end of the year, are based on Google's Daydream reference specifications, which were worked out with mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm. The devices will be coming out at a later point this year.

The Google I/O 2017 is now happening in Mountain View, California and has already racked up more than its fair share of eyebrows.

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