Live from Google’s product launch event and if the virtual reality and augmented reality are pipped to be the next big hype in the tech sector, then it definitely the thing Google wants to be at the forefront of that boom. Using its dedicated media event as platform, the Alphabet owned company has officially announced the “Daydream View” complete with accompanied controller, the latest item first official headset that will take advantage of the company’s Daydream virtual reality platform into masses.
This Google’s new hardware “Daydream” Android VR standard, combines core OS changes, standardized smartphone specs, and viewer designs to create a Gear VR-style ecosystem for any Android phone, it could be the new Pixel and Pixel XL. Daydream View is the next big step for Google Cardboard, and it will launch as a headset-and-controller combo. Release date and price will be provided below.
Like Google Cardboard and the Gear VR, the latest Daydream View is an empty VR headset that only requires a smartphone to work. In short, a phone slots into the Daydream View while the hardware’s display and computing drive a VR experience in reality.
First of all, this isn’t the first time we’ve actually seen the product that w know to be the Daydream View. This VR is almost entirely a “dumb” headset though, Google noted that Daydream View ecosystem does offer auto-alignment hardware boosts for comfort’s sake. Those tech enthusiasts who take in-depth notice at conferences and streamed events will instantly recognize the hardware from a line drawing and early schematics that were shown off during Google’s I/O conference back. The Daydream platform has already been initially announced then, and today you got a better look at the product that Google is hoping will form the basis of all future Daydream-based headsets down the line.
When compared to others, that’s still less than how Samsung’s Gear ecosystem works; the plug on the Gear VR connects the phone to additional sensors and buttons on the headset. Google believes that this would be a better answer to make the phone sensors powerful enough that they will work for VR. From merely looking at Daydream View you don’t get the best impression that it’s manufactured from plastic, soft fabric and foam. But nevertheless, the main body of the headset is made from foam, with a coating of soft fabric to not only make it comfortable to touch and wear, rather also give it that premium look and feel.
The big surprise for the Daydream headset is the material used for the enclosure. There is a plastic panel that connects to the foam body via a hinge, which allows an Android-powered smartphone to be slotted in at the wearer’s discretion. In fact the Daydream is only compatible with the newly announced Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the Daydream View will only house those device, currently? But has been designed to take any Daydream compatible Android device going forward.
By the way the Daydream View headset uses a cloth enclosure, just similar to what the high-end Oculus Rift wearing. The only reason to use it is that, of a VR headset shell to block light and weigh less as possible, and cloth can block out light while weighing much less than plastic.
Apart from its made from fabric and foam, the piece of kit actually comes with a lot of excellent features. An integrated NFC chip instantly detects when an Android device is present, and will eventually launch the daydream platform automatically. The goal aims at the inclusion of system that will help detect the position of the phone with the aim of entering the image for a more pleasing experience. Three colors for that fabric also revealed; comes in slate, red, and white.
Google will be launching Daydream View in Slate color, with a matching controller, costing just $79. The two other colors once available will be : Snow, and Crimson.
Pre-orders in the United States being on October 20th, with additional availability date in other countries coming this November. The headset will also launch in Canada, Germany, Australia and the UK in early November 2016.
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