Google announces Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream headset

Alyssa Bailey
January 10, 2018

Today, Lenovo unveiled the Mirage Solo, the first standalone virtual reality headset for Google Daydream platform. Though the Solo first showed up in an FCC filing last month, Lenovo had the headset on display at CES this week and offered more information about the upcoming tech.

Unlike those headsets, it also lets users walk around virtual space using inside-out "WorldSense" tracking.

The Mirage Solo includes a wireless Daydream controller and will start at $449.99 when it ships in the second quarter.

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Lenovo says the real benefit of its Mirage camera is there is no need for specialized camera skills; anyone can pick up the camera and capture VR content. Qualcomm has said before that there will be different versions of its chipsets, and the 835 VR Platform is the third Snapdragon 835 to exist.

YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. The $199 headset will lack the Mirage Solo's positional tracking and more powerful internals, but sits at what may be a much more palatable price point for consumers wanting to flirt with the technology but who aren't quite ready to buy a bulky PC or a game console variant. 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 incredible places. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind. Lenovo meanwhile promised to introduce "an impressivesuite of apps that showcase the expanded Daydream ecosystem closer to the headset's availability".

Our hands-on time with the Mirage Solo was limited, but it was more than enough to be impressed with what Lenovo and Google have accomplished. Shooting VR video with a 180-degree viewing angle is a little easier than creating the traditional 360-degree video for VR that requires stitching. Initially Lenovo told us it would cost $450 but clearly realized this was too steep - that's higher than the price of the Oculus Rift - and has adjusted course. The Mirage Camera is a compact VR capture device that records 180 degrees of video via two 13MP fisheye lenses. LG is also slated to release a camera later this year. Both devices are expected to be available later this year in Q2 2018. The Mirage Camera will be available in the same timeframe, but with a Wi-Fi only model for less than $300.

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