Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

Google has announced a few new products made by its partners and one of them is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Microsoft (MSFT) also offers a similar technology in its Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Along with the Mirage Solo headset, Lenovo is also announcing the Mirage Camera, at CES 2018.

The Mirage Solo's backward compatible with the existing Daydream catalog of more than 250 apps and games, and it takes advantage of Google's Project Seurat, which optimizes complex VR scenes for mobile platforms. Lenovo calls it "WorldSense". 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. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM, while the lenses provide 110 degrees field of view.

The Mirage Solo is definitely bigger than a regular VR headset, but is still relatively compact when you consider all that it's packing inside. The screen is a 5.5-inch LCD that offers 1280 x 1440 pixels per eye.

The device comes with a wireless Daydream controller, "which acts as a unique and intuitive extension of your hand". "We also lined the areas that touch your face and forehead with breathable, insulated contoured padding for maximum comfort".

Fancy hardware would be meaningless if it didn't have the software to utilize it.

Google's solution is most akin to a point-and-shoot camera.

Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset
Lenovo makes shooting VR easy with Mirage camera and Daydream headset

If that isn't enough, however, Lenovo has another Daydream device ready.

However, if you want to ensure the camera's point of view is ideal - perhaps you want it positioned low down or up high for dramatic effect - then it can be paired with a smart Android device, such as a smartphone, to get a live-stitched preview. In fact, it's a 180-degree camera only.

TechCrunch reports that Lenovo hopes to have the Mirage Solo out by the second quarter of this year and expects its final retail price to fall below $400. These VR180 cameras will help anyone shoot 3D, immersive photos and video without having to shell out loads and loads of cash.

There's no word on pricing or specific availability for either Lenovo or Yi's VR180 cameras.

What makes the Mirage Camera with Daydream different from both regular cameras and VR cameras is that it isn't a 360-degree camera.

In close collaboration with Google, the Mirage Solo features WorldSense, its six degrees-of-freedom technology that lets you move around in a virtual world as if you're really there.

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