Lenovo debuts the Mirage Solo, its standalone Daydream VR headset

Adjust Comment Print

You just mount this thing on your head, with "size accommodations for almost every face shape, visual aid and head proportion", and get transported into a whole new world of gaming and other hypnotic experiences.

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

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.

Design-wise, the Lenovo Mirage Solo looks more like a Windows Mixed Reality headset than any iteration of Google Cardboard or Daydream we've seen.

The Mirage Solo packs everything into one powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use device.

A twisting knob brings the headset around your skull, making it fully adjustable - friendly even to those who wear glasses.

Furthermore, there are tracking cameras, motion camera, the motion controller, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD slot for expanding storage up to 256GB. This unlocks a much more immersive VR experience, and allows VR games that are interactive to the user's physical movements that can now include forwards and backwards as well as crouching and jumping. In short, it lets you move around and explore your virtual environments with just the headset on, no need to set up a room specifically for virtual reality, thanks to built-in tracking cameras and sensors.

While this short demo didn't let us mess around fully with the environment, it's clear that the newfound freedom that WorldSense brings is enormous for mobile VR. Try and extend beyond your play space and the device will warn you, a bit like HTC Vive, with a virtual wall to the face. Yep, it's the same experience, so there's zero learning curve if you already know your way around. There's also 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage for apps and VR games, and a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD LCD display with a 110-degrees FOV. That headset is retailing for around US$600. The fact that the headset provides nearly ideal isolation from light also plays into this gain in immersion. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. However, the good news is that partners like Lenovo are stepping in to fill that gap. Once footage is filmed, users can upload it to Google Photos or YouTube for viewing and sharing, and can watch on a standard browser or on any VR headset. We didn't think we'd be saying this, but that's now the entry-level headset for Daydream.

The Mirage Solo will be available for under $400 in Q2 2018, Lenovo says.

Comments