Lenovo and HTC Manufacturing Standalone Daydream VR Headsets

Select manufacturers will offer Daydream HMDs that do not need to tether to a phone or other device.


At today's Google I/O event, Google announced that HTC and Lenovo will release standalone Daydream VR headsets later this year (via Engadget). The overhauled Daydream HMDs, which users will not need to use in tandem with a smartphone, will incorporate Google Tango tech for positional tracking—no external sensors required—and will be built on a foundation of Qualcomm's 835 VR platform.

Preliminary sketches of Daydream headsets coming from HTC and Lenovo appear identical to other HMDs on the market. Some minor differences will distinguish Lenovo's Daydream from HTC's. Lenovo's model will rest against your forehead, similar to a PlayStation VR, while HTC's will include an overhead strap.

Engadget noted that both headsets appear to use the Daydream touch controller, although peripherals could change ahead of release later in 2017.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

You can check out the whole Google I/O 2017 Keynote here.

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