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Google's next virtual reality headset won't depend on a smartphone, PC or game console

Google is looking to revolutionize the virtual reality segment with an all-in-one VR gear that will not rely on smartphones, computers or game console for content.


Google s next generation Virtual Reality gear may be independent of smartphones, computers or game console, reports the Wall Street Journal. If the report is true, Google s all-in-one virtual reality will be the first VR gear to have such feature so far. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and Bengali

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Google s current VR platform, Cardboard, currently relies on smartphones and dedicated VR app to allow users to access virtual reality content. Besides Google, there are several other players such as Facebook, HTC and Samsung which have been making efforts in the VR. However, the VR devices from these players are dependent on other devices. Samsung s Galaxy VR works with select Galaxy smartphones, while HTC s Vive and Sony s VR are dependant on PC and gaming console. Also Read - Google Pixel 6a key specifications appear online, tipped to get custom Tensor chipset

The report follows Google s tie up with Movidius, a company catering to low-power machine vision for connected devices. As per the partnership, Google will source Movidius processors alongside the entire Movidius software development environment.

Movidius reveals Google will use the company s neural computation engine on Movidius’ ultra-low-power platform, which will further pave way for machine intelligence to run locally on devices without needing Internet connection and minimum latency issue.

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This suggests Google s next VR could come with its own set of processor and software for allowing users to access content on the device without needing an additional device.

According to recent reports, Google s Cardboard successor is expected to feature better lenses and sensors. Google is also said to be working on an Android VR operating system aimed to make it easier for developers to build apps for the platform. In contrast, Google Cardboard needs a dedicated app to run VR content.

Google is likely to launch the new VR platform during its three-day Google I/O conference, which is scheduled to start on May 18. We are likely to see more details emerge ahead of the conference.

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  • Published Date: February 12, 2016 5:10 PM IST
  • Updated Date: February 12, 2016 9:47 PM IST

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