Google upgrades VR experience with the Daydream View

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Google has been dabbling in the VR world for a while now thanks to their Cardboard platform. At their big reveal event today, Google took the wraps off their new Daydream View device, the next evolution in virtual reality for the company. The Daydream View is a step up for Google and is part of their effort to make the Daydream platform and ecosystem into a tangible commercial product for the masses.

Google points out two primary benefits of the Daydream View device in addition to its support for Daydream ready phones like the new Pixel and Pixel XL. First, Google opted to go for a construction that incorporates a “soft, breathable fabric” instead of the typical plastic or cardboard. Besides being similar to the clothes we wear, Google says this choice enabled them to reduce the weight by about 30% compared to typical VR headsets, so there is at least some practical benefit to this choice of material. Google also made the Daydream View capable of fitting over eyeglasses and they included a special storage compartment for the controller, details that they think make the product stand out from other VR headsets.

Google also says the Daydream View is easy to use. Users can just pop open the lid on the front and slide their smartphone in. The Daydream View uses an auto-alignment system to help get things just right for users.

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Beyond the headset, the other component that Google includes with the Daydream View is the Daydream controller. The handheld controller includes a small touch pad and a couple buttons to help users control the action they are viewing. More importantly, the controller is packed full of sensors that can sense orientation, movement and gestures. Google says you can use it for big actions like swinging a bat, but it is also precise enough that a user could sign their name with it.

Ultimately the Daydream View will be available in three different colors – Slate, Snow and Crimson. However, at launch only the Slate color will be available with Snow and Crimson following later. Buyers interested in the Daydream View can place pre-orders starting on October 20th through Verizon and the Google Store. General retail availability is scheduled for November in five countries – the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany and Australia. U.S. pricing will be $79.

source: Google


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.