Google’s Daydream VR motion controller to be shipped this fall
Daydream – Google’s Android –powered VR platform announced at the I/O conference has raised hopes of consumers who want to have refined experience of virtual world. This fall, the world awaits smartphones that support all Daydream features. But in the meanwhile, a motion controller with the headset wear has made people curious what it actually does. We already know about Google’s ‘Cardboard’ and existing VR platform, but new motion controller sounds interesting.
The motion controller is simple, has a pebble like design with only three buttons, and it uses gyroscopes to detect direction in which users’ wave or move. User can point it to select particular apps or to flip pancakes on beach side! One can navigate the interface with provided laser pointer for more precision. As per the information released about the functions of button on the controller, Google said that buttons are meant for aiming, not performing usual functions.
A video shows how Daydream VR will work with motion controllers through illustrations, such as using fishing rod and steering a dragon or playing with a magic stick. The user just needs to mimic real-life movements using the controller and it’ll take care of the rest.
Daydream initiative requires additional, advanced components as compared to ‘Cardboard’, such as high quality sensors for head tracing or screens capable of reducing blur using short bursts. Cardboard was launched two years ago and it had received very warm welcome by consumers, but it was limited in terms of features and lifespan. Daydream is the evolved version of Cardboard, which will keep getting finer with the passage of time.
Further, Daydream-ready phones also feature a new ‘VR Mode’ in Android N that would allow access to applications like Play Store and YouTube.
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Otherwise, Daydream shares similarities with other VR headsets like Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR. Daydream is looking forward to make mobile VR more common than it is right now. Smartphone manufacturers should begin to think about including ‘Daydream-ready’ features to keep up with the market trends, and in this case it’s virtual reality.
Source: The Verge