Right now there are two main types of virtual reality headsets, ones that are tethered to PCs and ones that need a smartphone to work. Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally. Standalone VR headsets have long been a dream but, as far as Google’s Daydream platform is concerned, that almost failed to take shape. Lenovo has, fortunately, come to the rescue with the new Mirage Solo with Daydream standalone headset that promises freedom in more ways than one.
The problem with most VR headsets goes beyond just being dependent on a separate device. That also touches on the problem with tracking. PC-based platforms often have beacons and sensors stationed at certain parts of an area, requiring the user to remain tethered to that location as well as to a computer. While phone-based headsets have more freedom of movement, they are limited to what the phone’s motion and gyro sensors are able to detect.
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