Google, Lenovo and HTC team up to develop a standalone VR headset

- Adrian Ungureanu

The VR phenomenon is getting bigger and bigger everyday and tech companies try to get ahead by following the trend right now as it’s still at the beginning.

There are plenty of companies making VR headsets right now, but all devices out there on the market are dependent to another device: a smartphone or a PC. But Google, Lenovo and HTC have teamed up to develop a new standalone headset based on a reference design Google and Qualcomm have drafted together.

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 Daydream VR will have all the needed sensors buit right in but it will also scan your surroundings so that it tracks your movements in 3D. Google calls this WorldSense technology and it should allow for a much more accurate motion tracking in the VR environment and would enable new VR experiences.

WorldSense technology will involve natural movements in six directions (left, right, forward, back, jump, crouch) into the 3D environment.

According to Lenovo, the VR experiences will be available soon, but developers are still working to unlock features “most consumers have never experienced before.”