A report indicates that Google’s virtual reality ambitions are larger then we first expected. The technology giant is supposedly working on a standalone VR headset; one that would work without the need of other devices. This comes shortly after news that the company is also working on an upgraded version of the Cardboard headset.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google’s proposed VR headset would occupy the middle ground between the smartphone reliant Samsung Gear VR and the enthusiast level headsets produced by companies like HTC and Oculus. Details about what this means are light, but a sources says that Google intends to use chips designed by Movidius Inc to track head movements.
Movidius and Google are currently collaborating on Project Tango, which allows mobile devices to sense their surroundings in 3D. It is assumed that the same technology would end up on the Google VR headset, although we are not entirely sure how far Project Tango has come. Movidius has declined to comment on any involvement with Google on a VR headset.
When, or if, this VR headset will see the light of day is uncertain. One source claims that it could be seen as early as this year. However, others have said that the project is highly experimental and Google could potentially scrap it instead.
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]