Google Announces Daydream VR
Google’s developer conference saw the introduction of Daydream VR, which is the company’s answer to the Oculus-powered Gear VR. Later this year, Google will debut a reference design for a simple VR headset and a basic (untracked) handheld motion controller that will work with a new class of high-end Android phones featuring high performance sensors and chips.
Initial partners that will make Daydream-compatible phones include Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi. Apps and partnerships coming to the platform include Hulu, HBO, Netflix and The New York Times.
A 30-minute video showcasing experiments performed by the Daydream Labs team at Google could be a good starting point for developers looking for ideas.
IMAX is building a VR camera for Hollywood that works with Google’s “Jump” stitching technology. The current version of Google’s Jump camera is constructed with 16 GoPros. Chinese manufacturer Yi Technology, known for its GoPro clones, will also be creating a lower-end version of the camera.