Google and Lenovo unveil first standalone Daydream VR headset

Google and Lenovo have unveiled the new Mirage Solo VR headset. (Lenovo)

Google and Lenovo have unveiled the world’s first standalone Daydream Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. Dubbed Lenovo Mirage Solo, the VR headset does not need to be tethered to a PC nor does it need a smartphone to be attached to it.

The Mirage Solo is integrated with a 5.5-inch LCD screen that gives users a 110-degree field of view. It sports 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) and 64 GB of storage for apps and multimedia content, with SD card slot to expand the storage to up to 256 GB.

The device includes integrated positional tracking and does not need external sensors to track its position. With a new motion tracking feature called WorldSense, the Mirage Solo will allow users to experience the virtual environments as if they are truly there. The device’s inside-out positional tracking technology will be able to track the user’s position in space through built-in tracking cameras and sensors.

Although the VR headset does not include built-in headphones, it makes up for it by adding a traditional headphone jack where users can plug in their own headphones or earbuds.

The headset comes with a wireless Daydream controller, which will allow users to interact with the content they’re viewing. It will act as a unique and intuitive extension of the user’s hand, and it features a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker.

According to Google, the Mirage Solo will become available to consumers in the second quarter of this year. It is reported that the standalone headset will retail for less than $400.

Aside from the VR headset, Google and Lenovo also debuted the new Lenovo Mirage Camera, which also comes with Daydream technology. The camera will be able to capture VR videos in 180 degrees, which can then be played on the Mirage Solo and other Daydream devices.