Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

Gwen Vasquez
January 10, 2018

Lenovo revealed its 180-degree stereoscopic Mirage Camera will start selling Q2 this year starting under $300 for a Wi-Fi only version. HTC announced a new, wireless Vive Pro at CES, and Oculus announced the Oculus for Business bundle back in October 2017. Once it becomes available, it'll be very interesting to see how it compares to other VR headsets on the market since it's one of the first standalone VR headsets in the market.

"It's based on years of investment in simultaneous localization and mapping, and it enables PC-quality positional tracking on a mobile device without the need for any additional external sensors".

The tablet/PC combines the capability and versatility of both and Lenovo ensured that the battery in the Lenovo Miix 630 laptop - that runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform - lasts for 20 hours with full video playback.

The headset is notably the first to make use of the Worldsense inside-out positional tracking technology announced by Google previous year. Unlike those headsets, it also lets users walk around virtual space using inside-out "WorldSense" tracking. "With their affordable price points, this VR duo brings innovative, new technologies such as WorldSense and VR180 to everyday users". The first two units out of the gate are the Lenovo Mirage Camera and YI Horizon VR180 Camera.

The big benefit to the Mirage Solo is that you get six degrees of freedom - meaning that you can move up, down, forward, backward, left, or right - without being tethered to something. The screen is a 5.5-inch LCD that offers 1280 x 1440 pixels per eye. Google says these dual-lens cameras will take 3D photos in wide angle formats, at 4K resolutions.

Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

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. These can be shared via Google Photos or YouTube, and watched on something like the Mirage Solo.

"VR180 cameras are simple and designed for anyone to use, even if they've never tried VR before".

Much like the Mirage Solo, the Mirage Camera is also made of plastic. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far. The standard is created to streamline content acquisition for delivery to VR headsets, using dual-lens 180-degree cameras with 3D support rather than 360-degree models.

Step forward, and the headset will incorporate that motion into the VR experience.

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