Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first standalone Daydream VR headset

Google unveils Mirage Solo VR headset

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first standalone Daydream VR headset

Content shot by the Mirage camera is wirelessly uploaded to Google Photos and YouTube, where it can be viewed either as a VR video through a headset, or as a 180-degree video which can be panned around with a mouse on the desktop, or by tilting a smartphone or tablet.

The Mirage Camera includes 16GB of built-in storage and can be expanded with up to 128GB of additional storage via a microSD card. Developed to leverage Google's new VR180 format, the stereoscopic, 3-D camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video that lets anyone who views it immediately transport to new and fantastic places.

Google is getting ready to take on Amazon's Echo Show, with a little help from 4 consumer electronics heavyweights: Sony, Lenovo, LG and JBL all announced at CES in Las Vegas Monday that they are building so-called smart displays powered by Google's Assistant. A 5.5-inch display is housed within the headset giving each eye a 1280x1440 "window" into a virtual world. WorldSense lets you move around and explore your virtual environments like you're really there. Though Lenovo hasn't revealed a price for the Mirage Solo yet - it's expected to go on sale sometime in the second quarter of 2018 - the price will likely be significantly higher than the $99 Daydream View. That means you'll get access to services like Netflix (NFLX) VR, YouTube VR, Hulu, HBO GO VR and a number of other VR games and experiences. Overall, it's a pretty stark - and not necessarily positive - change from Google's fabric-covered Daydream View, but it also seems created to offer greater stability.

The problem, though, is that, like other VR headsets, there still isn't a killer app for Daydream VR. The Mirage Solo with Daydream will retail for $400, which is way below the price of a 2017 flagship plus a $99 Google Daydream View headset. The removable battery offers up to two hours of continuous recording per charge.

As for wearing the device, Lenovo thought of comfort and the overall fit first, then everything else. The headset features quick release buttons for visor adjustments, plus dials and size accommodations for various face shapes, visual aids, and head proportions. While phone-based headsets have more freedom of movement, they are limited to what the phone's motion and gyro sensors are able to detect. That way you'll look good and feel good while enjoying VR for 5-7 hours at a time if you'd like. Pricing and availability aren't yet set, but we do know a few things about the camera.

Google also announced two VR180 cameras made by Lenovo and Yi Technologies which shoot 4K 180-degree video. Stay tuned for more details.

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