Google unveils point-and-shoot VR cameras from Lenovo and Yi

Nichole Vega
January 10, 2018

Not to have it confused with the Mirage AR headset, Lenovo has announced the Mirage Solo, our first standalone Daydream VR system. 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.

The idea behind Lenovo's Mirage is to provide you with a better overall experience thanks to its high-resolution display, as well as its use of the Google's WorldSense tracking software, something not available on smartphones. So basically, the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR gets rid of nearly every pain-point when it comes to virtual reality.

The Mirage Solo is priced at $449.99 and is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. The field of view isn't as wide as something like the PIMAX VR headset, but it's pretty respectable for Daydream. And from there you can view it in the Daydream View, or if you have the Mirage Solo, you can pop out the micro SD card (a good reason to use a micro SD card versus the internal storage) and put it into the Mirage Solo and view your content. 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 awesome places.

VR180 cameras are meant to be simple and straightforward even for those who've never experienced virtual reality. There's also some breathable padding in areas where the headset touches the skin, though it remains to be seen how fast that will become a grime depository.

Speaking of apps and games, Back at I/O 2017, Google shared that the Daydream platform has "more than 150 apps" - Facebook and Samsung's Gear VR store had over 1,000 when we counted at the time. It's basically a powerful Android smartphone inside of a Daydream VR headset. Don't expect the Mirage Solo's visuals to look crystal clear, though. 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.

"Since most headsets bear an excess of weight towards the front, we engineered the headset for a more even load distribution and balance to reduce strain on the wearer", Lenovo said.

Lenovo's Mirage camera uses dual-13 megapixel fisheyes cameras and 180- by 180-degree field of view to capture stereoscopic photos and video.

The Mirage Solo also has built-in casting support, so you can stream your virtual experiences to your TV for friends and family to follow along. LG also plans to release a 180-degree camera "later this year".

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