Google has revealed new experimental controllers for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream. These controllers, which are only available for developers at this time, feature six degrees of freedom (6DoF), bringing “natural and intuitive controls” to the standalone virtual reality headset. Interested developers must apply for a dev kit.
The new controllers enable Mirage Solo users to move their hands in a natural way within the virtual environment, this thanks to the 6DoF technology. Though the tech itself isn’t new, it has been limited to VR headsets that utilize a PC; this new experimental feature brings the same abilities to a cheaper standalone headset.
Google describes the use of a “unique optical tracking system” that works with the 6DoF controllers to pave the way for 6DoF-based features on the Mirage Solo. Google explains that its machine learning combined with off-the-shelf parts replaces otherwise expensive and necessary external sensors and cameras.
The components and machine learning are used to “accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers,” according to Google, which explains why the development is notable. “We’re excited about this approach because it can reduce the need for expensive hardware,” bringing 6DoF experiences to a greater number of users.
Some developers have already received these new experimental controllers, but others will need to apply to get the dev kit. The company is accepting these applications on its Google Developers VR site, where interested devs are directed to this application form.
SOURCE: Google Developers