Google recently revealed some new images of its Daydream virtual reality technology.  This improved version of the company’s heavily anticipated VR platform makes it clear that Google is going all in on VR.  It was only one year ago when Google created an internal VR division headed by Clay Bavor.  Here we are, a full year later and Google’s Daydream exists.  The Daydream appears to be quite the amazing piece of virtual reality technology.

 

The Masses are Ready to “Daydream”

It won’t be long until the general public gets the chance to experience the magic of Daydream.  The Daydream View is poised to arrive on shelves at the beginning of November, 2017.  The arrival of Daydream View will make Google a legitimate contender in the VR realm.  Google will go head-to-head with VR powerhouses like Oculus, Sony and Samsung.  Google has partnered with the Chinese electronics powerhouse Huawei to manufacture Dream View units on a mass scale to meet the November release date with ample supply.  It would not come as a shock if Google enlisted the support of additional electronics manufacturers beyond Huawei as time progresses.

 

 

A Focus on Ease of Use

Google’s recent Daydream announcement keyed in on the unit’s short learning curve.  Instead of hosting a press conference, Google used a blog post to publicize the extensive list of products compatible with Daydream.  The blog post emphasized the new headset’s superior user experience design and general ease of use.  There is an adjustable focus for use without eyeglasses.  A 95 degree field of view is provided.  Google’s blog post went on to state that the addition of new headsets to this virtual reality platform will provide customers with enhanced flexibility in terms of how the VR experience can be enjoyed.  Take a look at the pictures released by Google and you will notice a few similarities between their Daydream unit and Samsung’s Gear VR.  The two share a fairly similar shape and focus dial.

Google’s Role in Mobile VR

Google’s Daydream VR platform is centered on the use of smartphones.  The company is looking to emerge as the front runner of mobile virtual reality.  It is certainly possible that the Daydream paves the way for all sorts of fun and interesting virtual reality experiences that are location-independent.  VR fitness could explode in popularity if Daydream reaches a mainstream tipping point.  Yet we do not know that much about the Daydream at this point in time.  Few details about the new VR platform were revealed in Google’s recent announcement of this evolving technology.

Google representatives noted that four different Daydream ready phones from Axon, Zenfone and Huawei are forthcoming. These additions make it clear that Google is zeroing in on the mobile VR market.  Though Google representatives did not state whether the company aims to brings fitness-oriented virtual reality content to the market, the fact that an array of phones can be used with Daydream is a good sign.

It is important to note that the new Daydream headset will make use of Google’s virtual reality motion controller.  There is an excellent chance that future fitness-oriented VR content will make extensive use of this controller.  Only time will tell if the Google Daydream View turns out to be a trailblazer in the field of virtual reality fitness, exercise, sports and other activities involving extensive physical motion.  As most people know, Google executives are constantly looking for new ways to corner lucrative markets.  They certainly have enough money to exploit a profitable digital niche and emerge as the dominant player across posterity.  There is an excellent chance that VR enthusiasts will be making use of the Daydream for fitness purposes by this time next year.


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