Google is developing a stand alone VR without a Smartphone connection
What is a VR headset?
This is a device that is worn over the eyes more similar to a pair of goggles. Unlike the goggles, the VR displays images on a high definition screen in front of the eyes. It is mostly applied in virtual games where upon wearing the VR headset you act as if you are part of the game and your point of view is based on a specified character in the game. With a head movement tracker, the character responds in the same way when you turn your head during the game. Common VRs require connection to the gaming device through cables. The new Google creation is being tailored to get rid of this and use a standalone concept.
Superiority of the device
Unlike most of the available devices, the expected new creation from Google is expected to have a better interaction with majority of native devices. This comes as an advantage over the available devices today that are clumsy in interaction with native device OS. Alongside running the Cardboards applications, the device is also expected to add a complete Google play interface. With this, it will have the capability to manage content ad apps directly without the need for a Smartphone or a PC. With VR technology gaining popularity, the new device from Google is going to be one of a kind and with extra functionalities, less power consumption ease of use, lightweight and smaller size among other advantages.
New features expected on the devices
Expected to bear most functions like its main competitor Gear VR, the new product is expected with lenses, audio and sensors installed. The processing and display features on the phone are more likely to depend on your Smartphone with the new VR expected to be compatible with a wider variety of Smartphone models. Also expected with the new device is support for Android operating system as a replacement for Google cardboard.
Power saving strategy
One of the biggest challenge facing VR manufacturers is high power consumption. The use of GPUs in production of the vision intensive and related devices provides with faster processing but on the other hand increases the rate of power consumption. To cut on power consumption, Google is said to be collaborating with Movidius a company known for production of custom vision processing and machine learning chips. It is expected that these chips will be applied in production of the VR headsets though the two companies are yet to confirm this publicly. Google’s competitors including Microsoft are said to be using this new technology in it project known as Holographic Processing Unit.
Potential market for the new device
With only a few of its competitors, Google is likely to build on its Google Cardboard outreach to gain massively on the market. Currently, Google Cardboard holds the highest share in VR market and the new features of the stand-alone VR without a Smartphone connection is likely to appeal more to the consumers. With probable costs unknown, it is still expected that on hitting the market, the new VR will be widely accepted and garner a bigger market share than any of its predecessors and competitors.
When will the device hit the market?
Sources within the production department from Google indicate that the production process is still ongoing. They perceive that at this point, it is impossible to set the exact dates when the new device will be launched. Despite this, there are high expectations that the new device will be unveiled during the I/O conference expected in June 2016. With the magnitude of this event, chances are high that Google will employ all at hand to unveil the product during the conference. However, it remains to be heard from Google on the exact dates when the unveiling will be done.