Google and Lenovo Unveils New Standalone VR Headset
At CES, Google and Lenovo has teamed up to unveil a new standalone VR headset. The Lenovo Mirago Solo is the first standalone headset in the Google Daydream ecosystem. The headset integrates Google’s WorldSense 6 degrees of freedom positional tracking paired with the headsets 3 degrees of freedom controller. This headset does not require a high powered computer or mobile phone to run. User can physically move their head within virtual environments but without the need for external sensors as required on PC-powered device such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Google, tells that Lenovo’s headset is an important milestone for the Daydream platform. It provides user
“more immersive and streamlined way to experience the best of what Daydream has to offer without needing a smartphone.”
The development of this headset was based on a reference design by Qualcomm and Google. Chromecast is built-in so user can project images to a nearby screen.
Mirago Solo will provide user access to entire Daydream library of over 250 games and apps. Google apps such as YouTube, photos, Expedition, and Street View will be included.
“We’re working closely with developers to bring new experiences to the platform that take advantage of all these new technologies,”
Lenovo Mirage Specs
- Dimensions (W x L x H) (mm) : 204.01 x 269.5 x 179.86 (inches) : 8.03″ x 10.61″ x 7.08
- Weight: 645 g (1.42 lbs)
- Color: Moonlight White
- Operating System: Daydream OS
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 835
- Audio: Android N Pro Audio, 3.5 mm Audio Jack with Dual Microphones
- RAM : 4 GB
- ROM : 64 GB UFS
- Card Slot : microSD Card; Up to 256 GB
- Battery: 4000 mAh Li-ion Polymer (standby and general usage time TBA)
- Display 5.5″ Resolution QHD (2560 x 1440) LCD, 75 Hz
- Lens : 2 x Fresnel-Aspheric, 110° FOV
- WLAN : WiFi 802.11 ac/n 2×2 MIMO Dual Band
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0 + BLE
The Mirage will be going up and against the Oculus Go and Pico’s Neo. Lenovo Mirage price starts under $400USD and is estimated to ship in Q2 this year.