Over the past couple of years, Google has been trying to push virtual reality forward along two fronts. It built a lovably twee VR platform called Daydream into its Android operating system, drawing mobile VR into the spotlight.
And it introduced a tracking system called WorldSense, which lets people move around in VR using built-in cameras on their headset. Today, it’s shipping the first combination of the two: a $399 standalone headset called the Lenovo Mirage Solo.
The Mirage Solo is a relatively affordable, competently made VR headset, but it’s more theoretically useful than fun to use. The Lenovo Mirage Solo is a collaboration between Lenovo and Google, and it’s the only WorldSense-powered headset on the market since HTC canceled plans for a Daydream device last year.
It uses the same interface as Google’s phone-powered Daydream View mobile headset; supports the existing 350-app Daydream catalog; and uses the same small plastic remote, which — unlike the headset — has a basic internal motion sensor instead of full tracking. Daydream uses the standard Google Play Store, so you can buy and install Mirage Solo apps from your desktop, or sign in to a Wi-Fi network and download them directly, the way you would on any Android device.
Unlike the Daydream View, the Mirage Solo doesn’t require a smartphone. It has a built-in 5.5-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution (1280 x 1440 per eye) and a Snapdragon 835 processor, with 64GB of built-in storage that’s expandable via microSD. Read more from theverge.com…
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