Google has just unveiled the first headset for its Daydream VR platform: Daydream View. It's a lightweight headset and a small controller that are meant to be used with any Daydream-compatible phone — and in particular,the new Pixel, which is the first phone to support the platform.
With View, Google is trying to solve a handful of usability problems that have troubled early VR headsets. One of the basics is cleanliness; the View headset is wrapped in fabric, which owners will be able to clean after wearing. The headset is also supposed to be easy to set up and use, with an "auto alignment" system that detects how the phone is inserted into the headset and adjusts the image accordingly. There's also a slot in the headset to hold its controller, so that it won't get misplaced.
Daydream is Google's next step past Cardboard, the disposable VR headset it announced in 2014. The platform is included in Android Nougat, but will only be available on phones that meet certain specs, to be released over the coming months. Daydream will tie in with the rest of the Android ecosystem, but run a unique set of apps using its custom motion controller.
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