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Google rumoured to be designing a self-contained VR headset


By John Glenday, Reporter

February 12, 2016 | 1 min read

Fresh rumours have emerged pertaining to Google’s rumoured foray into the increasingly congested virtual reality sector with suggestions that the tech giant may release a self-contained unit, not reliant on a smartphone or PC, as early as this year.

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According to the WSJ such an untethered device would be powered by built in hardware including head tracking technology and external cameras. Underlying chipsets are understood to be supplied by Movidius, which recently entered into a partnership with Google ‘to bring machine intelligence to devices’.

Google has already enjoyed some success with its basic Google Cardboard platform, which has now been ordered by some 5m consumers, demonstrating the potential demand for such devices.

The rumour mill has also been sent into overdrive by a recruitment drive which has seen Google seek a VR hardware engineering technical lead manager to lead a team developing a ‘high-performance, battery powered, highly constrained consumer electronics product.’

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