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Google rumoured to be mixing virtual and augmented realities with eye-tracking headset

The Google headset will use sensors and algorithms to map out real-world space.

By Hannah Williams

Google is reportedly  working on a stand-alone mixed reality headset, which will not require a computer or smartphone.

According to sources cited by engadget, Google’s device will feature eye tracking technologies and enable the use of sensors and algorithms to map out the real-world space in front of a user. The combination of technologies will create an augmented reality experience for the wearer of the headset.

movidiusThe headset will run on Movidus Artificial Reality chips –  a company currently in an acquisition deal with Intel – which will include tracking motion and positional awareness.

This headset shows that Google may be moving into a different direction, as its devices so far have been vastly based on providing mobile-based experiences.

Sources say that, similar to the Microsoft HoloLens Platform, Google’s headset will offer mixed reality experiences with digital content shown within real-world visuals.

The mixed reality headset is reported to differ from the HoloLens Platform in one way, being that rather than projecting Virtual Reality into the world, Google aims to bring the world into VR which emphasises on real world experiences.

It has not been confirmed what the headset will look like, however various companies are expected to be working on similar products, such as Magic Leap. Coincidentally, Google has been revealed as one of its investors, with the search giant leading one round of investment and participating in another.

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Engadget have said that both Google and Movidius declined to comment on the suspected product release.

In connected news, The Drum reported that a potential “wireless virtual reality” device had recently passed through the FCC’s approval process in connection to the Google headset.

Although its filings reveal very little confirmation, it has listed Mike Jazayer, Director of product management for Google’s VR group as a contact.


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