Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

Powering this experience is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which includes 2017's hottest smartphone SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. Standalone VR headsets have always been a dream but, as far as Google's Daydream platform is concerned, that nearly failed to take shape. No pricing was shared at the time (rumors peg it between $349 and $449), and that remains true today, meaning we have no idea where it will land on the price scale alongside Facebook's Oculus Go for $200.

While this short demo didn't let us mess around fully with the environment, it's clear that the newfound freedom that WorldSense brings is huge for mobile VR. However, the good news is that partners like Lenovo are stepping in to fill that gap. The Mirage Solo uses the same Daydream controller as the official model to control the virtual world around you.

Google is really pushing VR180 content as a new way to experience and preserve memories and life that isn't just a flat photo or video. The first two units out of the gate are the Lenovo Mirage Camera and YI Horizon VR180 Camera. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind. The Mirage Solo is a pocketable camera that features two 13MP fisheye lenses with a 180x180 field of view and has a battery that lasts up to two hours. Although Lenovo is also looking to get this one a bit lower in price before launch. The controller can also serve as an in-game controllable object (Lenovo gives the example of its being used as a baseball bat or a steering wheel for racing games).

Google's solution is most akin to a point-and-shoot camera.

Lenovo and Yi's devices will be hitting stores this spring with the Mirage Camera priced at under $300.

Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

Lenovo Mirage is well integrated with Google Photos and Youtube so sharing your content on those services is very easy.

The problem, though, is that, like other VR headsets, there still isn't a killer app for Daydream VR. The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations. Users will search for evidence with the help of their flying spinner, deadly blaster, and esper image reconstruction to try to solve the mystery in an immersive VR environment.

The Mirage Solo is nearly like the lovechild of the PSVR headset and the Google Daydream View, combining their sheer simplicity in design with impressive functionality that enhances the VR experience during marathon sessions.

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