New Google VR Eye-Tracking Headset Combines Virtual And Augmented Reality

The highly anticipated Google Daydream will finally arrive in November. And while the Daydream was a big announcement, Google continues to look ahead and is currently developing a separate VR system for a future headset.

According to The Drum, Google is working on a new functionality that will mesh virtual reality and augmented reality using a user’s surrounding space. What’s more, the new Google device reportedly does not require a computer or a smartphone to power the headset.

Daydream Headset by Google
Daydream Headset by Google Google

Did Google literally launch us into the future? The product is rumored to have an eye tracking function that utilizes sensors and algorithms to map out the world around you. Via Engadget, a source “described the new standalone headset as something that blurs the line between virtual and augmented reality.”

The source also claimed Google is working in partnership with Movidius, a visual sensing company that Intel is slated to acquire. Movidius is reportedly providing Google with the chips that will power the headset’s motion tracking and positional awareness abilities.

In anticipation of the Daydream, let’s share some speculation. Google’s promotion video for the Daydream focused on the headset and its compatibility with the Pixel and any Daydream-ready smartphone. While that is all exciting, it’s clear the Daydream is just the beginning and Google is working on some really interesting projects. We look forward to seeing how the Daydream can host many dynamic capabilities in the future.

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