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


YI Technology (YI), the leading provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, in collaboration with Google's Virtual Reality (VR) team, announced details of its YI Horizon VR180 Camera.

In the report, Forrester determined that not enough people were aware of VR or planned to purchase a VR device to be worth most marketer's budget. "This gives you an ergonomic headset that looks and feels like something you want to wear". Like Google's own line of Daydream-powered headsets, the Mirage Solo is controlled by a small handheld remote.

The Mirage Solo is nearly like the lovechild of the PSVR headset and the Google Daydream View, combining their sheer simplicity in design with impressive functionality that enhances the VR experience during marathon sessions.

Unlike most other cable-free VR headsets, the Mirage Solo has its display built in so you won't need to slide in a smartphone; everything comes in the box.

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. The headset is the first to use Google's WorldSense technology, which enables the headset to track where you are in a room without using external sensors. You just mount this thing on your head, with "size accommodations for almost every face shape, visual aid and head proportion", and get transported into a whole new world of gaming and other hypnotic experiences.

Lenovo is making a big deal about the Mirage VR camera's point-and-shoot simplicity.

Lenovo and Yi's devices will be hitting stores this spring with the Mirage Camera priced at under $300.

The headset also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) display with 6DoF view, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

If you're also interested in creating virtual reality content to play on the Mirage Solo or other existing headsets, the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream is on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show too. These can be shared via Google Photos or YouTube, and watched on something like the Mirage Solo.

"The camera is capable of capturing the depth of field, as opposed to just flat images and its simple and easy to use", said Bareda.

Google says this makes filming for VR much more approachable for beginners, since they don't have to plan out a full 360-degree shot. And, let's face it, Google Daydream isn't exactly the most prolific VR platform out there. LG also plans to release a 180-degree camera "later this year". Professional creators will get the Z Cam K1 Pro as well.