Google to team up with Asustek to launch new AR smartphone

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The standalone HTC Vive and Lenovo's VR headset will both be launching later this year, featuring Google's Daydream software platform.

The main difference from the current Daydream VR headset is that the new standalone device will not require a connection to a PC or a smartphone as it will have all the needed hardware built in.

The new range of devices will use a tracking technology called "WordSense" that enables the headset to track its wearer's precise movements in space.

Google is releasing a major update to its virtual reality platform, Daydream.

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While some might have been expecting or hoping for a standalone Daydream headset to be priced somewhere in the middle of the already available Daydream View and more expensive PC-based virtual reality offerings, it seems that won't be the case.

Google once again developed something that may come as good news to its avid users.

Lenovo's next flagship smartphone, which will be launching later this year, and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will support the Daydream platform. This limits their appeal to everyday users, failing to track their wearers' location, which is essential for immersive VR games and other 3D experiences.

When you put on a VR headset, you're blocking yourself off from the rest of the world.

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I've shared some more thoughts about virtual and augmented reality over on Medium.

As well as onboard CPU and GPU chips which will allow the headset to run apps on its own without tethering from another device, its rumoured it will pack its own sensors and will feature "inside-out positional tracking".

"Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors". The company says it's also adding "proactive assistance" to Home, which means notifying you ahead of time if you need to leave early to beat traffic.

"The whole device is designed just for VR", Clay Bavor, Google's head of VR, was quoted by the FT as saying. VPS works today in partner museums and select Lowe's stores.

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