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Google working on standalone VR headset that’s more HoloLens than Rift – report

Google’s VR ambitions go way beyond the recently-announced Daydream View headset, according to a report on Monday.

Engadget sources say Mountain View is working on a high-end mixed reality headset that would not require a smartphone like Daydream, or a computer like the Oculus Rift.

Those familiar with the matter say the visor would feature eye tracking technologies and sensors to ‘map out the real world space in front of the user’ to provide positional awareness.

This will be aided by AI chips provided by a company called Movidius, which is currently in the process of being purchased by Intel.

The sources say that, much like the Microsoft HoloLens platform, Google will be able to offer mixed reality experiences with digital content shown within real-world visuals.

Related: Is Daydream View setting a new standard for mobile VR?

According to the report, the headset will differ from HoloLens in one key way; rather than project VR objects into the real world, Google wants to bring the real world into the VR experience.

There’s no word yet on when we may hear an announcement from Google on this project. Thus far the company has declined to comment.

The Daydream View headset, which is similar to the Samsung Gear VR, and will be compatible with a new generation of Android phones, is now available to pre-order ahead of shipping next month.

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