Daydream VR gets See-Through Mode and support for any 2D Android Apps

Daydream VR gets See-Through Mode and support for any 2D Android Apps

6DoF tracking isn't a groundbreaking VR development on its own, but, as Google notes on its developer blog, the tech has typically been limited only to PC-based VR while the Mirage Solo is notably a standalone headset.

A full write-up and a handful of gifs on these and a few other experimental features Google now has in the works can be found on the Google Developer Blog.

According to Google's developer page, you'll add a special "tracking faceplace" to the Mirage Solo so the controllers can tell where they are in 3D space. It allows the user to see the real world through the headset.

And Google says the new see-through mode is fast enough and provides enough depth perception you can even play ping-pong! The example of a use case they give is moving virtual furniture around in a room.

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The next feature is very exciting. Users can open any smartphone Android app on the Daydream device. That means you can play your favorite games on a virtual big screen. Thanks to the newly added support for Android App in VR, devs will also be able to add Daydream VR support to any existing 2D app without having to rewrite the code.

The controllers have 6DoF (six-degrees-of-freedom) tracking like an Oculus or Vive controller, meaning that for the first time, Daydream games and apps could let you actually reach out and grab things in three dimensions. Of course, Google is using machine learning to accomplish this. Google created a pair of physical 6DoF controllers that work with the Mirage Solo, and have given them to some lucky developers.

USA -based developers can apply for an experimental 6DoF dev kit to try out the tech for themselves on Google's developer portal.

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