Qualcomm and Google join forces to develop standalone VR headsets

The development of the Daydream standalone VR headset design will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform.

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Qualcomm and Google join forces to develop standalone VR headsets Announced during the recent Google I/O 2017, the development continues previous work by both Qualcomm and Google to enable Daydream on smartphone devices. (Shutterstock)
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  May 20, 2017

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has revealed a recent collaboration with Google to develop a Daydream standalone VR headset reference design, built upon the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform.

Announced during the recent Google I/O 2017, the development continues previous work by both Qualcomm and Google to enable Daydream on smartphone devices.

Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said: "We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform.

"Our companies share the same vision: to make it possible for everyone to enjoy rich and immersive VR experiences on a smartphone device or a dedicated VR head-mounted display while being fully mobile, rather than being restricted by cables or limited to predefined rooms setup for outside-in tracking."

The Daydream standalone headset design includes custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors. The design is expected to work effectively in conjunction with the Tango-based tracking technology Google has installed within the headset.

Clay Bavor, vice president, virtual reality, Google, said: "The Daydream standalone headset reference design created in close partnership with Qualcomm will enable manufacturers to build a whole new category of VR devices."

He added: "These headsets have everything needed for VR, built right into the headset itself and are as easy to use as picking them up. They'll feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment. We're thrilled that headsets will begin to hit shelves later this year."

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