Google has announced a few new products made by its partners and one of them is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Though the Solo first showed up in an FCC filing last month, Lenovo had the headset on display at CES this week and offered more information about the upcoming tech.
The Mirage Solo is nearly like the lovechild of the PSVR headset and the Google Daydream View, combining their sheer simplicity in design with impressive functionality that enhances the VR experience during marathon sessions.
The headset comes with its own wireless Daydream controller, acting as a "unique and intuitive extension of your hand", and the combo should cost no more than $400 when it finally goes on sale.
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Lenovo says the real benefit of its Mirage camera is there is no need for specialized camera skills; anyone can pick up the camera and capture VR content. It features a 5.5-inch QHD display with a 110 degree view, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a microSD slot, and a headphone jack for audio. The headset is the first to use Google's WorldSense technology, which enables the headset to track where you are in a room without using external sensors. As expected, it uses the same motion-sensitive remote as other Daydream headsets.
VR180 cameras are meant to be simple and straightforward even for those who've never experienced virtual reality. Developed to leverage Google's new VR180 format, the stereoscopic, 3-D camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video that lets anyone who views it immediately transport to new and wonderful places. On the flip side, it doesn't need to be plugged into a high-end gaming PC - everything you need for instant VR is included in one package. Thanks to its dual 13MP fisheye cameras deliver a 3D stereoscopic effect by capturing the same image at two different angles. "We also lined the areas that touch your face and forehead with breathable, insulated contoured padding for maximum comfort". Lenovo meanwhile promised to introduce "an impressivesuite of apps that showcase the expanded Daydream ecosystem closer to the headset's availability". To learn more about Daydream's VR180 program visit vr.google.com/vr180. Pictures taken with the Lenovo Mirage Camera are still pretty immersive, and actually look pretty good. Although Lenovo is also looking to get this one a bit lower in price before launch.
Google also announced two VR180 cameras made by Lenovo and Yi Technologies which shoot 4K 180-degree video. LG also plans to release a 180-degree camera "later this year".