Google's Standalone Headset May Combine VR and AR

By Gary Cutlack on at

Rumours suggest that Google is indeed still working on a standalone VR headset to shield us from the horrors of everyday life in 2016, with its potential wearable said to be looking at combining both AR and VR technologies in one device.

The rumours comes from Engadget, whose sources were responding to a story claiming Google had binned development work on a standalone VR headset that was more Oculus than Cardboard. That's true, say the insiders, but there's another hardware trick in progress at the company that's also a standalone headset that doesn't require a phone or PC, and looks to combine the VR approach with the suddenly insanely popular AR features as popularised last week by that game about making children visit graveyards to catch pretend animals.

Crucially, this is said to be separate from the Daydream mobile system that Google's planning for Android, and could in fact be similar to hardware rumoured back in February, when Wall Street Journal sources said Google was working on a head mounted system with forward-facing cameras and head tracking to fully immerse the wearer in an augmented version of the world. [Engadget via The Verge]

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