In February, it was reported that Google is working on a new VR headset that’s more advanced than Google Cardboard. The device “will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Engadget is now reporting that Google’s VR headset integrates eye tracking technologies “to map out the real-world space in front of a user.” Google's VR headset “blurs the line between virtual and augmented reality.” Google's new VR headset is being designed to provide a better experience compared to the Oculus or HTC Vive .
Though we don’t know too much about Google’s VR headset, it seems to be similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens. The report also confirms that Movidius, an AI company being acquired by Intel, will provide chips that will help in tracking motion. The new headset will also be separate from the company’s Daydream VR platform, but won’t require a phone to power it, according to Engadget’s sources.
While we’re not sure when Google’s VR headset could be released, one Journal source says it could arrive later this year, with another source saying it’s still in early development and could potentially be scrapped entirely.
According to the Drum, FCC documents show Google’s device would have a broad range of frequencies, from 2.4 GHz to 5.8 GHz, and that it has a built-in radio similar to its augmented reality headset, Google Glass, which was discontinued in 2015. While the FCC documents have barely any details the device, Mike Jazayeri is one of the contacts on the filings. Jazayeri joined Google in 2005 and has previously worked on Cardboard VR viewer. Jazayeri is currently a director of product management on the team for Google’s VR group.