October 24, 2016

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While Google has just started taking pre-orders for its Daydream View VR headset, the company is reportedly already working on its next virtual reality hardware product. A new rumor claims the headset could have eye tracking features, along with sensors that can map out the real world surrounding it.

The report comes from Engadget, citing unnamed sources. It claims that the headset, which it says will not require the use of a smartphone or a PC, and its addition of eye tracking and mapping features will allow it to show virtual objects that seem to appear in the real world. This sounds similar to the features that are already a part of Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset. So far, there doesn’t appear to be a name for’s Google’s next VR device, but the report does said it is being developed separately from its Daydream VR platform.

The story adds that Google’s standalone VR headset will be using chips that are being developed by Movidius, which will help the hardware in tracking its motion and position in the real world. Movidius recently announced its plans to be acquired by Intel before the end of 2016. Intel has already announced that the technology developed by Movidius will be integrated into its RealSense camera technology, and will likely be a big part of the company’s own standalone “merged reality” headset, currently called “Project Alloy”.

Would you consider purchasing Google’s standalone VR headset when it is released?

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