Although not a very new concept in the tech world, the advancements made in the field of virtual reality, have made it possible for users to have a different perspective of the world. Among other progress being made in the technological field, virtual reality is one of the more exciting ones, if not the most.
VR does not only make gaming exciting but has the potential of being handy in other fields as well like medicine, education, and engineering, to name a few. Before we discuss Google’s new Daydream View headset, let’s first talk about the Google Earth Virtual Reality.
The success of Google Earth, and having been around for over a decade, has led to the launch of Google Earth VR which promises a much–enhanced experience of exploring the world. It enables users to get the feeling of virtually being at, or even flying through, the places they are exploring on the Google Earth VR.
It allows the user to explore the entire 196.9 square miles of planet Earth, just like the earlier version, but instead of 2-D, the new Google Earth VR makes it much more thrilling and realistic in 3-D.
It comes complete with cinematic tours, selected destinations like the Amazon River, downtown Manhattan, the Grand Canyon and the ruins of Rome. With this “killer” app one can fly through canyons, stand on a mountain peak, and even walk the streets of major cities of the world.
As of now, Google Earth VR is available free on Steam, for users with compatible HTC Vive headsets. Google is working on making it available on more platforms sooner rather than later.
To start with, the sleek Daydream VR headset is sure to give the Samsung’s Gear VR headset a run for its money. As Google claims on its website the Daydream headset is a “simple, high quality virtual reality” headset made primarily from fabric “inspired by what you wear.”
It’s 30 percent lighter than similar gadgets and can be used with spectacles too. It comes with a hand-held controller which is user friendly and does not require you to move your head every time you want a different angle of view, as in other headsets. That task is taken over by the smart hand-held controller which is equipped with a small touchpad on the front, a home button, and a back button.
For now the Daydream is compatible with Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones; however, Google is working towards urging other smartphone manufacturers to build phones which are Daydream compatible.
It is available on and for $119 which is not that much of a burden on the pocket, considering the fact that it comes with a Bluetooth-enabled motion controller to navigate around with – the hand– held device mentioned earlier. So, if you have already invested on a Pixel smartphone, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a Daydream as well for an amazing VR experience.
To make the Daydream View even more flexible and market-worthy, let’s hope the other smartphone manufacturers are able to meet the spec requirements for Daydream compatibility on their future smartphones.