Lenovo first announced that it was working on a standalone Daydream VR headset way back in May 2017, but the company surprises everyone by announcing the Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset at IFA 2017. This was to be designed as a natural extension of your PC that would be compatible with mixed reality laptops and desktops. However, Lenovo yesterday announced its first Daydream standalone VR headset at CES 2018, known as the Mirage Solo, and provided a better look at what it would offer.
The Google’s blog post made by Clay Bavor, VP, Virtual and Augmented Reality reveals key details about the product. The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset is more comfortable and natural because of a Google’s new technology called WorldSense. Based on simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), the WorldSense technology enables PC-quality positional tracking on a mobile device without the need for any additional external sensors. WorldSense further lets you duck, dodge and lean, and step backwards, forwards or side to side, unlocking new gameplay elements that bring the whole new level of virtual reality experience to life.
The DayDream compatible VR headset is powered by Snapdragon 835 Virtual Reality platform and features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, along with lenses that are supposed to offer users an impressive 110-degree field of view with crystal clear picture for great immersion. The screen has the same resolution as the Oculus Go, and less than the one on the Vive Pro. Clay Bavor further added that the display fully optimized for virtual reality, so it’s the best way to access Daydream. The headset itself has built-in casting support for sharing your virtual experiences onto television along with your friends and family. It is worth mentioning that the headset also comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage and 4000mAh battery.
According to Lenovo’s blog, the new Mirage Solo will include a clickable trackpad with the app and home buttons, as well as a volume rocker so that you can change the controller’s function from app to app. Lenovo Mirage Solo will also have access to over 250 apps on the Daydream catalogue, including Google apps like Photos, Street View, YouTube VR and Expeditions. While the headset is a standalone product, the company is also working closely with game developers to bring new experiences to the Daydream platform that take advantage of all these new technologies. Clay Bavor says that the new game based on the iconic universe of Blade Runner called Blade Runner: Revelations will be available for the Mirage Solo for its launch.
At this moment, that’s all we have on this new DayDream product, but Google promises it will hit shelves beginning in the Q2, 2018.
Alongside the Mirage Solo VR headset, Lenovo unveiled the Mirage camera that supports Google’s new VR180 standard. With VR180 cameras, you just point and shoot to take 3D photos and videos in stunning 4K resolution. The pocket-sized camera sports a 1.4″ size touchscreen display on the back and dual fisheye cameras on the front. The dual front-facing cameras come with a 13-megapixel resolution that captures stereoscopic images and shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second. The good thing is that it features a power button, shutter button, and a screw for tripods.
There’s 16GB of local storage with an optional microSD card slot. Mirage camera will also come with options for unlimited private storage in Google Photos, and you can also view them anytime in the 2D format on your mobile or desktop devices without a VR headset. This Lenovo Mirage VR180 camera works on both the iOS and Android smartphones independently using companion apps. Another great new feature is the live streaming, with that you can stream the videos to YouTube over a Wi-Fi or LTE (optional). Finally, the new camera will include USB-C port for charging and data syncing, along with function button which toggles between photo, video, and live streaming.
In addition to the Mirage camera, Google also revealed information about another VR180 Camera in partnership with YI Technology. Dubbed as YI Horizon VR180 Camera, the device has similar specs of the Mirage camera but comes with slightly larger 2.2″ retina touchscreen display. As per Yi Technology (YI), the camera is powered by Ambarella H2V95 chipset that supports 3D video playback in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). There is also include a built-in Wi-Fi and USB-C port on the side through which you can transfer HD speed data transmission.
Here’s a brief overview of the new YI Horizon VR180 Camera:
- 2.2-inch retina touchscreen
- 640×360 pixels resolution
- Ambarella H2V95 chipset (supports 5.7K video and photo capture)
- Professional-grade 4-microphone design with outdoor noise reduction
- Wi-Fi, USB Type-C port with HD speed data transmission
- One-button live video streaming
- Easily manage photos and videos by using the VR180 app by Google
- Compatible with YouTube and Google Photos
As for the pricing and availability, Google did not say anything about the Lenovo Mirage Camera or YI Horizon VR180 Camera but mentioned that both the VR180 cameras will start shipping in the second quarter of 2018. As revealed on the Google blog, several VR180 cameras will be available from a number of manufactures later this year, including LG and Panasonic. Though, the Z Cam K1 Pro recently launched for professional creators at a massive price tag of MSRP $2,995.