Hands-on with the Lenovo Mirage Solo and Camera with Daydream

10 January, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Grady King
  • Lenovo's Mirage Solo is a sexed-up standalone take on Google's Daydream VR

Standalone VR headsets have always been a dream but, as far as Google's Daydream platform is concerned, that nearly failed to take shape.

To go with the Mirage Solo, Lenovo also announced a new virtual reality camera, the Mirage Camera.

We're now all familiar with VR headsets that you slot a smartphone into, but we're about to be hit by a wave of kit where the smartphone components come built into the device itself, so you can keep your phone in your pocket.

Inside-out tracking, popularized by Microsoft's HoloLens and then its Windows Mixed Reality, solves those limitations. Google calls this technology Worldsense.

Unlike the Vive Pro, the Mirage Solo does not include built-in headphones, but does provide a jack for a user to provide their own, as noted by our sister site ZDNet. In short, you can dodge, bank left, or jump, and all of that will be tracked and interpreted by the platform.

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That's particularly the case for high-end VR systems like the Vive or rival Oculus Rift , a headset from Facebook's Oculus unit. It runs in the 60GHz band to cut down on potential interference and uses Intel's WiGig specifications.

The Mirage Solo is definitely bigger than a regular VR headset, but is still relatively compact when you consider all that it's packing inside. That's about 1,280 pixels x 1,440 pixels per eye.

The Mirage Solo includes a wireless Daydream controller and will start at $449.99 when it ships in the second quarter.

Along with the Mirage Solo headset, Lenovo is also announcing the Mirage Camera, at CES 2018. Unlike the latter, the headset isn't front-heavy and has been created to distribute the weight evenly all throughout. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind.

Fancy hardware would be meaningless if it didn't have the software to utilize it.

Google's new cameras are meant to address another handicap.

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If that isn't enough, however, Lenovo has another Daydream device ready.

So there you have it for this quick look at the Lenovo Mirage Solo and Camera!

Back to the newly outed Mirage Solo from Lenovo, and we've been given a price estimate of under $400 (roughly £295) for when the device goes on sale sometime in the spring.

You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers a different way, a "half format" if you will. LG also plans to release a 180-degree camera "later this year". You can pair it with your smartphone using Wi-Fi Direct, and if you download Google's VR180 app, you can even use your smartphone's screen as a viewfinder and preview your photos and videos. Both devices are expected to be available later this year in Q2 2018.

In close collaboration with Google, the Mirage Solo features WorldSense, its six degrees-of-freedom technology that lets you move around in a virtual world as if you're really there.

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