20 May, 2017
After a busy day 1 of the I/O 2017 conference, Google went into depth about its plans for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
After showing off the VPS technology to the public, Google focussed on the entertainment chapter of the AR technology.
Later the company also announced the arrival of its AR technology. There's also going to be a new experience available on the AR platform consisting of a large virtual forest with a personal growing tree.
Teachers can now place students in an augmented reality environment through multiple devices for an interactive learning. The new fully self-contained "standalone" Daydream VR headsets will use the new tech to allow for positional tracking which Google says "dramatically" improves the experience compared to prior Daydream devices (and we agree, good positional tracking is a huge benefit to immersion and comfort in VR). It will be made available on select flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG's next flagship. One of those were standalone Daydream headsets. Standalone headsets don't require a phone or PC. The trailer puts the viewer in the position of a VR headset user and shows how easily it can be used.
Clay Bavor teased that the upcoming standalone Daydream VR headsets will come equipped with "everything built right in". You can also check notifications, settings and switch apps from the VR headset's dashboard. That makes it more like a spoken, virtual version of a YouTube comments section than a closed social app like Facebook's Spaces. They will also let wearers use the headset while seated or standing. But Google didn't manufacture the device themselves.
Named after the famous French painter, the new graphics rendering engine can render real-time VR graphics that is on par with gaming consoles and powerful computers. Finally, Google will add screenshot and screen capture features.
During their annual developer conference, Google announced the release of a new generation of their Daydream virtual reality (VR) headset. This is a big upgrade from the current Daydream VR headset, which can only detect head movements of the user. "Chrome VR, which will make it possible to browse the web in virtual reality, is coming to Daydream this summer".
All of that seems pretty interesting, especially when you consider that you will be able to experience all of these within this year.