What we learned about VR and AR at Google I/O 2017

Google I/O is a platform for developers, enthusiasts and journalist to learn about what’s next from the company, and this year’s event continued numerous trends that Google kicked off in 2016: virtual reality, with the unveiling of Daydream 2.0 and standalone headsets from HTC and Lenovo.

This week, Google held their annual event for developers called the Google I/O and one of the highlights was the announcement of the standalone Google Daydream platform.

He didn’t say how much these new standalone headsets will cost, nor what they’ll be called when they hit store shelves.

The tech giant said it’s working with Lenovo and HTC to build a new breed of VR headsets, created to work without a phone or separate computer. Such as, information the 2.0 software update for Google Daydream, codenamed Euphrates. The new Daydream update is also set to bring a new screen recording features and the ability to watch YouTube VR videos together with others. In short, it is a simple, yet very effective addition to further scale the boundaries of virtual reality. Google confirmed that there were standalone Daydream VR headsets coming, though they won’t be the ones making them as originally thought.

For example, the company is working with HTC, Asus, and Lenovo to create stand-alone Daydream viewers that don’t require an attached smartphones. The cinema environments now available in VR are pretty great for watching regular content. VR in Chrome for Android will bring the entire browsing experience to virtual reality headsets.

As for the price, the same Backchannel reports suggests that these VR headsets would cost somewhere around the “mid-hundreds range”, similar to the now available products from HTC Vive and Oculus which are between $600 and $700. Instead, Worldsens – which is based on Google Tango technology – relies on two wide-angle cameras that track all objects in an environment in order to build a virtual blueprint.

Google first introduced Web VR earlier this year, and today took the next step by announcing Chrome for Android will support VR throughout. Thus, the system works only indoors.

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