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Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream hands-on: VR and the camera to shoot it

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream hands-on: VR and the camera to shoot it

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. Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally. Standalone VR headsets have long been a dream but, as far as Google’s Daydream platform is concerned, that almost failed to take shape. Lenovo has, fortunately, come to the rescue with the new Mirage Solo with Daydream standalone headset that promises freedom in more ways than one.

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Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Even before Google had a chance to make good its promise of a standalone Daydream VR headset, Oculus last year announced the Oculus Go, a $199, at least back then, VR headset that needed no phone or PC to function. Now at CES 2018, the Facebook-owned virtual reality pioneer has revealed even more juicy details about the device as well as its market plans. Surprisingly, it won’t be making the headset itself but has, instead, employed the assistance of Xiaomi, China’s biggest smartphone maker, and Qualcomm to turn it into reality.

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Intel gets its game on with Radeon RX Vega M, VR NUC

Intel gets its game on with Radeon RX Vega M, VR NUC

Intel might be receiving a lot of flak lately for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but the chip maker is unfazed and continues moving forward against all odds. Proof is that at CES, it revealed a new 8th gen Intel Core processor that lies in bed with long-time rival AMD to add a Radeon RX Vega M Graphics chip in the same package. Geared towards gamers, content creators, and graphics-intensive applications, this new processor powers Intel’s new NUC, making it the world’s smallest VR-capable computer.

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Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

Oculus Go headset tipped for 32GB and 64GB models in FCC listing

While power, full-fledged virtual reality headsets have made it big over the last few years, the next big advancement is expected to be wireless standalone headsets that don't need to be tethered to a PC. The Oculus Go should be one of the first such models to hit the market, with Oculus stating last year that it would launch sometime in early 2018. While we're still waiting for an official date, a recent FCC listing has hinted at some of the details we can expect.

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Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

Amazon has patented a smart mirror that uses virtual clothing and mirrors to help consumers decide what to buy. This isn't the first time we've seen the idea of a smart mirror for modern shopping; it is, however, a bit unique from the others. The mirror doesn't just show virtual clothing overlaid onto the potential buyer's body -- it also puts virtual scenes in the background, helping the customer visualize what they would look like on, for example, the beach.

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This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive, replacing complex displays with a revolutionary alternative. Rather than stacking multiple traditional lenses to focus different colors of light, metalenses rely on nanostructures to do so on a single, flat surface. However, until now their potential has been more theoretical than practical.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo is the last standalone Daydream headset standing

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the last standalone Daydream headset standing

There were supposed to be two, but it seems there can only be one, at least for now. HTC has backed out of making Google’s daydream of a standalone Daydream VR headset but Lenovo has not. In fact, that device has just made its way to the FCC, making it more than just a plan. Being an FCC entry, there isn’t much to be gleaned from the docs, but at least we now have a name: the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Hopefully, this sighting won’t just be a mirage as well.

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Pico Neo standalone VR headset and controllers pack 6DoF tracking

Pico Neo standalone VR headset and controllers pack 6DoF tracking

Pico has revealed details on Pico Neo, the company's own standalone virtual reality headset. According to Pico, Neo is the world's first standalone VR headset that boasts 6DoF tracking tech for both the headset and controllers. Among other things, the Pico Neo packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR Platform, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage with the option to expand it by another 256GB.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

The VR action game Star Trek: Bridge Crew just lost its virtual reality requirement, Ubisoft has announced, saying the new non-VR option is arriving as a free update. Bridge Crew lets players experience the Star Trek universe in a virtual ship, taking on a particular role within that ship to help tackle obstacles and otherwise face various in-universe challenges. Until now, you needed a high-end virtual reality headset to play the game.

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Insta360 Pro 12K VR update V2.0 brings features galore

Insta360 Pro 12K VR update V2.0 brings features galore

This morning the folks at Insta360 revealed their newest major update for their professional-level spherical camera. With the update, this device was given the ability to capture massive 12K media. This device was also given the ability to lend its onboard processing power to a desktop computer to help stitch together 360 spherical videos with a feature called Stitching Box.

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Magic Leap’s big reveal only prompts more questions

Magic Leap’s big reveal only prompts more questions

$1.9 billion dollars and six years in, Magic Leap has revealed its first product, and yet we still have more questions than we do answers. The Magic Leap One: Creator Edition has arguably been one of the most hotly-anticipated - and certainly controversial - wearables in the new age of mixed and augmented reality. Problem is, just like the virtual graphics it promises to overlay atop our vision, we're still not quite sure what we're looking at.

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Magic Leap One revealed: Creator Edition AR goggles ships 2018 [Update]

Magic Leap One revealed: Creator Edition AR goggles ships 2018 [Update]

It's been a long road to the reveal of Magic Leap's first actual product, but the day has finally arrived. Today the company revealed the Magic Leap One, a new augmented reality system that first and foremost wants to move away from the bulky headsets that currently dominate VR. While details are still fairly slim, we're learning about some of Magic Leap One's marquee features today, including when the company plans to begin shipping it.

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