How effective WorldSense will be in building up engagment with VR and AR technology will have to be seen with what type of headsets HTC and Lenovo yield. Clay Bavor, Google VP for VR, detailed that the project stemmed from the question "How can we take the best parts of smartphone VR and create a kind of device with an even better experience?"
While some might have been expecting or hoping for a standalone Daydream headset to be priced somewhere in the middle of the already available Daydream View and more expensive PC-based virtual reality offerings, it seems that won't be the case. Today's announcement advances the work that Qualcomm and Google had previously collaborated on to enable Daydream on smartphone devices. YouTube is also getting a VR space where you can connect with friends and watch videos as if you were in the same room.
Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets
From the letter, it looks like group tried auctioning these hacking tools, but they didn't really find buyers for the same. These tools were dumped by the Shadow Brokers last month after a failed attempt to auction off the exploits.
As a result, a software update will be bringing support for Daydream to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus later in the year. The headsets are slated for release later in the year. The technology uses several sensors included in the device to make the virtual experience match the real world, as much as it can. This makes the headset heavier and less comfortable to wear and also prevents you using VR if your phone isn't around. The Gear VR and Sony's PlayStation VR lead the way, but with only 7% of respondents saying they're interested. The company says there are now 8 phones with Daydream support, and more handsets will be added to the growing list from the likes of Motorola and Lenovo. Tango was used in the creation of WorldSense and it also backs Google's new Visual Positioning Service (VPS).
Google Home users are going to see some new features, including hands-free calling, and the ability to control select appliances.