Google CE Partners to Debut Standalone VR Headsets in 2017

Google plans to announce a new virtual reality headset at its annual I/O developers conference Wednesday, Janko Roettgers of Variety reports. They are free-form and wireless, yet still capable of providing full 360 degree tracking using what Google calls WorldSense. Google and Qualcomm collaborated to create a standalone Daydream HMD reference design, with all the goodies built into the headset itself. Yet none of these apps - Google Earth, Tilt Brush or Job Simulator - are available with the Daydream headset. Not that Daydream is going nowhere, but I nearly wonder if having a standalone platform will help the reputation - and ability to sell content - for mobile-based VR.

Google's getting real help with its virtual reality efforts. Luckily, new devices are joining DayDream, including the highly successful Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus through a software update this summer, and the ZenFone AR.

Enda Kenny to step down as Fine Gael leader
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If Google's making their own VR headset tech, that makes some more sense as to why they acquired Owlchemy Labs for VR content.

There's no release timeline, and as with Daydream previous year, we're only seeing an outline of the headset - which appears alongside a Daydream-like controller. Thus, a phone later this year from LG will support Daydream. Google did not announce any specific release dates or prices. These headsets will be coming sometime later this year.

ASAP Rocky's LA House Hit with Armed Robbery
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Bavor claimed the Standalone VR devices had displays and other components optimized for virtual reality activity. You just put the thing on and start using it.

Google is also adding VR and AR support for the Google Expedition, its initiative for the Education sector.

Blues vs. Predators: Game 4 prediction
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