More Standalone Headsets On The Way
According to Road to VR, a couple of new players have joined the 6DoF standalone headset field (currently occupied by the Vive Focus). The FCC has approved Lenovo’s Mirage Solo, a standalone Daydream headset (6DoF is not yet confirmed but Google advertised it heavily as a feature when the Daydream standalone platform was revealed).
Meanwhile, Chinese firm Pico has opened pre-orders for its Pico Neo headset in the United States, aimed at businesses. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which features 6DoF position tracking. It adds 6DoF tracked controllers using a unique ultrasonic tracking technology. The device will cost $750. The company’s 3DoF Oculus Go competitor, the Pico Goblin, is already available for $269 and was discounted as low as $229 in the lead up to the Christmas holiday.
X-Plane has gained long awaited native VR support (it was supported by FlyInside, but some cockpit interactions were a bit tricky to activate). The developers have added special VR touch controller support and extended an API so that add-on developers can update their aircraft with VR support as well. According to the blog, users are encouraged to try flying with just the controllers, eschewing their specialized yokes and joysticks. This approach was discovered by Ultrawings and VTOL VR, which proved that it is surprisingly immersive and a good tradeoff to enable easy access to cockpit controls.
Obviously, haptics would help greatly in the use of virtual controls, and Go Touch VR has an interesting solution: small motorized devices that fit over your fingertips and press on them when you touch a virtual object. The company has raised approximately $1 million to develop the product further.
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Google Earth VR updated its street view navigation system so that you can jump from one street view location to another without having to leave street view mode.