At CES 2018, Lenovo announced not 1 but 2 new VR technologies powered by Google Daydream further cementing the notion that VR is here to stay.
The Lenovo Mirage Camera is a powerful new tool that lets you capture and relive memories like you’re really in the moment. It’s similar to that Black Mirror episode The Entire History of You, but with less dire consequences.
Mirage Camera is a compact VR camera designed for simple image and video capturing, plus wireless uploading to your personal Google Photos and YouTube account. The Mirage Camera eliminates the need for specialised skills and professional camera gear to shoot immersive 3D VR videos and photos. Amateur photographers and digital storytellers can create, produce and share immersive content with ease—just point, shoot, relive and share.
Lenovo’s Mirage Camera fits right in your pocket and supports YouTube’s new VR180 video format. Its dual 13MP fisheye lenses achieve depth by capturing the same images at slightly different angles to form a 3D effect. The lenses also offer a 180 x 180-degree field of view to let you see more.
The other big news out of CES 2018 is that Lenovo has designed the world’s first standalone Daydream VR headset named Mirage Solo. Mirage Solo brings the simplicity of an all-in-one headset untethered from wires, PCs or phones, with the immersive experience of motion-tracking technology on Daydream’s virtual reality platform.
Lenovo Mirage Solo users will be the first to experience the full potential of the new motion-tracking technology, called WorldSense, on Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform. WorldSense lets you move around and explore your virtual environments leaning, dodging or ducking through space.
Mirage Solo supports the recently announced Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience, so hunting replicants in VR will soon become a reality.
Utilising the advanced features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform, 4GB of RAM a 110-degree field of view, and a Daydream controller, Mirage Solo can easily handle the most demanding Daydream virtual reality experiences. We’re expecting many games and apps from other VR platforms to land on Mirage Solo once it launches.
There’s currently no word on price or release date for the Mirage Camera or Mirage Solo, although Lenovo has stated that the camera will be priced for mainstream consumers. In the meantime, there’s stacks more of Lenovo at CES 2018 including the new Miix 630 2-in-1 laptop that doesn’t have a fan and won’t overheat.