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Google might be unveiling phone-controlled VR headset next month

Another day and yet another VR headset announcement. Google has already had a dalliance with the technology in the form of Google cardboard. Cardboard is cheap and not particularly impressive, but if you want to sell the idea of VR, it’s a good starting point. However, Google is moving onto the next stage of VR (maybe) with a daydream powered (possibly) headset. At least, that is what we are all hoping.

The Google VR headset

image courtesy: androidcentral.com
image courtesy: androidcentral.com

Google has not made any formal announcement. Analysts have however predicted that come 4 October Google will announce both their VR headset and their new line of phones. There is also speculation that Daydream will power the headset, which Google have been playing with for the last year. SFGate, which ran the story, say that they reached out for more information, but Google declined to comment. Further details will likely come with the at the event on 4 October.

image courtesy: roadtovr.com
image courtesy: roadtovr.com

Daydream is one of the most exciting experiments with VR technology out there. A few months ago we looked at the experimentation with creating a social network for users to hang out. However, there was also speculation a while ago that Google had abandoned development of a VR headset. Is this a U-turn? Or just another example of how speculation can be wrong?

What the headset could look like

Think something along the lines of this: the LG 360. Image courtesy: technobezz.com
Think something along the lines of this: the LG 360. Image courtesy: technobezz.com

No details are known about what this potential headset could look like, but there are some clues. Android Community yesterday published a series of photos from the US patent office. From the looks of it, the VR headset will look similar to the Gear VR from Samsung but instead connected with a cable. Users could then control their VR experience with their phone, rather than the rather tricky controls on the side of the headset. Should the headset itself be powered and capable of running VR, it could be more powerful than the Gear VR. Of course, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift would still be clear winners in terms of computing power. However, a good halfway point between the two could be where Google wins the VR race.

1st place prize for winning VR race. Image courtesy: giraffevalue.com
1st place prize for winning VR race. Image courtesy: giraffevalue.com

Unlike the more powerful VR headsets, it is also more likely that Singaporeans can get their hands on whatever the announcement turns out to be. It could very well be that by the time the Vive and Rift hit the country, we will all have our own variations of the headset.

Sources: sfgate.com, androidcommunity.com

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