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Google is about to take the wraps off its answer to Facebook's Oculus

At this year's event, the tech giant announced a key update to its virtual reality (VR) platform, which will see standalone Daydream VR headsets operating without reliance on smartphones or PCs.

These standalone headsets will aim to utilize the convenience afforded by portable smartphone VR without the current constrictions holding back consumers like lack of physical space or incompatible software specs.

Google has reportedly been working on the headset for more than a year. While there might not be a reference point for a Lenovo VR headset, HTC's Vive team already has their foot in the door with a fairly expensive offering set at $799.

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The company announced its seemingly ubiquitous web browser will soon come to Google's Daydream VR platform, giving us a chance to scroll through our favorite sites and spend even more time online while wearing the headset. Other VR headsets, like the Oculus Rift, must be connected to a PC with cables in order to operate. Yet none of these apps - Google Earth, Tilt Brush or Job Simulator - are available with the Daydream headset. This feature is made possible via the technology called "Worldsense", which allows the user to actually feel being part of the virtual world as the view appears like the real world in excellent accuracy. "It works by using a handful of sensors on the device that are looking out into your surroundings, and that means it works everywhere, there's no set-up and no cameras to install", said Bavor. The details are very thin, basically just describing everything Google covered in the announcement.

Google hasn't been the only company to pursue powerful standalone VR systems - Facebook is working on its own, as is Samsung. Today's announcement advances the work that Qualcomm and Google had previously collaborated on to enable Daydream on smartphone devices.

Tango is also one of the core technologies behind the company's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which helps devices understand their location indoors.

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