Lenovo's Mirage Solo is a standalone VR headset with Google Daydream

Lenovo's Mirage Solo is a standalone VR headset with Google Daydream

Lenovo's Mirage Solo is a standalone VR headset with Google Daydream

We got our first full look at a positionally tracked Daydream headset running Google's WorldSense technology today. Though Lenovo hasn't revealed a price for the Mirage Solo yet - it's expected to go on sale sometime in the second quarter of 2018 - the price will likely be significantly higher than the $99 Daydream View. As the name implies, it's simply a camera created to capture and record content that can be best viewed by a Dayream headset, like the Lenovo Mirage Solo, of course. Powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4GB also in tow, the Lenovo Mirage Solo provides an industry-standard 110-degree field of view, promising a solid seven hours of battery life between charges.

YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. What that means is that the headset uses its own cameras and sensors, rather than ones mounted on the wall, to track your every movement in every direction. With many current VR solutions, you need to be tethered to a PC, and anyone that's used one of these knows that the cables just get in the way. For example, Lenovo says that you can use it as a baseball bat or a steering wheel in certain virtual reality scenarios. "With their affordable price points, this VR duo brings innovative, new technologies such as WorldSense and VR180 to everyday users". The lightweight design is one of the Mirage Camera's big strengths, alongside dual 13MP fisheye lenses, built-in Wi-Fi and optional LTE connectivity. And, let's face it, Google Daydream isn't exactly the most prolific VR platform out there. Don't expect the Mirage Solo's visuals to look crystal clear, though. Lenovo meanwhile promised to introduce "an impressivesuite of apps that showcase the expanded Daydream ecosystem closer to the headset's availability".

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The Mirage Solo will enter an increasingly crowded field of tech companies seeking to enhance the VR experience and bring it to the enterprise this year. Because it's integrated into the device, pixels are nearly indiscernible to the degree that we didn't find ourselves trying to readjust the headset to get a better look.

Alongside the Mirage camera, Lenovo unveiled the world's first Daydream standalone VR headset, the Mirage Solo. This is not a 360-degree camera, instead it does 180-degree pictures. The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations.

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