Google can take the phone out of its Virtual Reality plans: Google is planning to make its Virtual Reality (VR) vision independent of smartphones, console and Personal Computers.
According to the reports of Wall Street Journal, Google Inc. is trying to develop a headset which would not be powered by phones, computers or console. Such a headset will be the first of its kind because the other companies are still working on smartphone dependent plans.
Up till now, not a single company has been able to take the first mover’s advantage and launch an independent product, for example, Facebook’s $599 Oculus headset works only with a PC and so is the case with HTC Vive and Sony’s offerings. Even the recently launched Samsung Gear VR requires the flagship Galaxy series smartphones to work.
Such an innovation of an independent headset would result in a mass market technology movement and not only will it benefit the company but also the consumers, who would get access to a completely new and affordable VR technology.
A report suggested that the new Virtual Reality device of Google will consist of its own screen, its own camera and its own high- powered processor which will be based on chips from Movidius, a San-Mateo, California based startup which specializes in machine vision. Though Google has refused to make any comment on its partnership with Movidius, but the latter has said that they have a “business relationship” with Google.
Google had released a Virtual Reality headset called Cardboard but its upcoming headset would be far more advanced than its previous one. For its new plans, the company has started its own Virtual Reality division which is being led by Clay Bavor, the vice-president of the Company. Bavor was also the in charge of Google apps, but currently he has been released of all his other responsibility so that he can focus on the Company’s Virtual Reality vision.
Apart from working on its new model, Google is also planning to release the updated version of Cardboard, which is only licensed and not sold by Google. This updated version will be made of plastic and would include chips and sensors.