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CES 2018: Lenovo, Yi Technology launch VR headset, VR180 cameras for Google Daydream

The Lenovo Mirage Solo is a standalone VR headset and does not require a smartphone to access immersive content.

  • Published: January 10, 2018 9:27 AM IST
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Other than swanky new laptops and wearable technology, the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 is also home to the budding virtual reality (VR) segment as well. Lenovo and Yi Technology have partnered with Google to showcase products which help experience Daydream better.

Daydream is Google’s platform for devices which are VR ready and deliver immersive experiences. Adding to the lineup, Lenovo launched two new products – Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream VR headset and a Lenovo Mirage Camera to help you capture VR photos or videos in 4K resolution.

Unlike traditional VR headsets, the Lenovo Mirage Solo does not require a smartphone to operate. You can simply put it on to experience immersive content. Created in collaboration with Google, the headset uses WorldSense technology for a more natural and seamless experience with simple head movements for navigation. Users will have access to the whole Daydream catalog of over 250 apps, including Google apps such as Street View, Expeditions, and YouTube VR. The device also comes with built-in casting support that allows you to cast your VR content onto a television.

In terms of specifications, the Lenovo Mirage Solo features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform designed to support built-in VR functionality with 4GB of RAM. It also comes with a display that boasts 110-degree field-of-view for an engaging experience. A single charge is claimed to last up to seven hours of play. The headset also comes with a wireless Daydream controller for an easier navigation. The Lenovo Mirage Solo is expected to be available starting in the second quarter this year, and the prices are also likely to be announced later.

The Lenovo Mirage Camera is an added accessory to help you capture or record content in VR in the 180-degree format and then play it through the headset. Google says several VR180 cameras will be available soon and different models will sport different features—like live streaming, which lets you share content in real time. The Lenovo Mirage Camera will hit shelves beginning in the second quarter.

Talking about Yi Technology’s Yi Horizon VR180 camera; the sleek camera also made its way to the tech show. It has been developed to leverage Google’s VR180 format and allows you to capture high-resolution immersive videos. It features a 2.2-inch 640×360 resolution retina touchscreen, Type-C USB port, and professional grade four-microphone design with outdoor noise reduction. It allows 5.7K resolution photos and video recording, one-button live video streaming, and easy integration with YouTube and Google Photos.

  • Published Date: January 10, 2018 9:27 AM IST