HTC is building a stand-alone Daydream headset that runs on Vive tech

"[It's] what we call standalone VR headsets", said Clay Bavor, Google's vice president of VR efforts.

When Google unveiled its Daydream virtual reality platform a year ago, it said that flagship smartphones from other companies will have support for its virtual reality platform.

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Wednesday in the Omaha area should be cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high around 75. Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 88 and partly cloudy conditions headed into the evening with a low around 69.

Google also announced that LG's latest flagship device will also be adding Daydream support. Now, this isn't the first time we've heard of a standalone VR headset from Google. Google and Qualcomm collaborated to create a standalone Daydream HMD reference design, with all the goodies built into the headset itself.

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. More importantly, they won't require any additional hardware to operate-not even a phone. This is true for PC devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but mobile VR like Daydream and Samsung Gear is more easily accessible.

Instagram Copies Snapchat Once Again With Face Filters
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Google made a few key announcements surrounding its virtual and augmented reality efforts. Qualcomm designed (with Samsung's help) its Snapdragon 835 SoC for the express goal of enabling "immersive experiences" on mobile devices. The headsets are expected to begin hitting the market later this year. It's also similar to Microsoft's Mixed Reality Headset development kits with inside-out tracking. This lets Google and hardware makers customize the displays, optics, and sensors to be flawless for virtual reality, he said. You just put the thing on and start using it.

Google is working on another virtual reality headset.

Ransomware 'WannaCry' spreads to thousands more computers at start of workweek
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