by mark gurman and mark bergen The Lenovo Group Ltd Mirage Solo VR headset with Google Daydream and Mirage Camera are displayed during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Bavor says several technological breakthroughs will be required to miniaturise the display and optics.

— Bloomberg Companies pushing new virtual reality headsets talked a good game at CES 2018 in Las Vegas last week. Facebook’s Oculus touted new features in its upcoming US$200 (RM791) Oculus Go, a device designed to do for VR what the iPhone did for the smartphone, Google and Lenovo showed off a jointly designed headset that will sell for the half the price of an iPhone, and HTC announced an updated Vive headset with beefier graphics.  Hugo Barra, who runs virtual reality products for Facebook, says “VR is just in its infancy.

We’re just seeing the market beginning to take off.”  The new gear is an improvement on what’s out there. It’s cheaper, lighter and less likely to require tethering to a smartphone or computer.

That could help popularize VR technology.  It also gives companies something to sell while they figure out augmented reality, widely believed to have more mass-market appeal than virtual reality. VR isolates users while AR lays digital information over the real world, offering countless potential consumer and commercial applications-streaming basketball stats to fans during games, say, or sending instructions to mechanics repairing complicated equipment.

Companies are racing to be the first to get lightweight augmented reality glasses into consumers’ hands. Amazon, which pioneered the smart speaker, hasn’t said much publicly about AR or VR. Read more from…

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