Cardboard: Google’s New Virtual Reality Headset

In today’s technology world, the use of virtual reality has gained significant popularity. Google is reportedly producing a virtual reality device that is unlike any that the market has seen thus far. Although other companies have pushed virtual reality products, Google’ goal is to make a product that is self-sufficient. Google looks to produce a standalone headset, which is the first virtual reality device that doesn’t need a smartphone for a power source.

Google’s device will supposedly have its own screen as well as outward facing cameras. Google has teamed up with Movidius, a California based company that focuses in machine vision, and have created a high powered processor chip. While virtual reality has mostly been seen as a use for video games, virtual reality now has the technology industry taking a broader view of the capabilities it offers.

For example, virtual trips to Swiss Alps or walking the beaches of Hawaii are just a few examples of the capabilities that virtual reality offers. Last month Google established its own virtual reality division, making Clay Bavor director. Bavor was once in charge of Google’s apps, however Google made virtual reality Bavor’s sole focus. Google’s new product is far superior to their first attempt at virtual reality two years ago. Their first attempt, Cardboard, a simplistic design that used a smartphone as a screen was developed by Bavor, but isn’t sold by Google. Rather, Google licenses the design of Cardboard to others.

Google suggests that in their new design, the headset is expected to include sensors and chips. Since Cardboard needs to be paired with several types of smartphones, this meant different screen sizes. This caused for inconsistent resolutions and processors. However, Google’s new product has a uniform processor, ultimately making the experience look and feel better. The improvements to the news device also will reduce lag, creating a more consistent viewing experience. Google’s new device will also adopt position tracking, which is an aspect that is currently missing from virtual reality. Current virtual reality headsets allow you to rotate your head, however they can’t track movement across a room. The camera’s on the new device map out a room in 3D, which will prevent someone from hitting a wall in real life and boost the authenticity of virtual reality.

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