CES 2018: Lenovo's VR180 Mirage Camera Starts Under $300


Google and Lenovo on Tuesday at CES 2018 unveiled a Daydream VR headset called the Mirage Solo.

The camera has 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot to increase this by up to 128GB.

Lenovo plans to ship both the Mirage Solo with Daydream and the Mirage Camera with Daydream in Q2 2018.

Facebook's previously announced Oculus Go, another untethered, phone-free VR headset with a $200 price tag. They can't provide you with a passthrough image of nearby walls, but can warn you when you're about to run into something. The cameras use a pair of super wide angle lenses (with 13 megapixel sensors) to capture 180 degrees of action in stereoscopic 3D. It features a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker. For this to work, we need to see more 6DOF Daydream headsets, and somebody needs to start writing stuff for them. This is awesome because it uses existing high end hardware and makes the headsets cheap, but it also means that you're using hardware not optimized for VR. It can capture footage compatible with Google's VR180 format, which enables easy uploading and sharing over YouTube and Google Photos. It does also support LTE, although Lenovo was quiet about which carriers would support the Mirage Camera (based on the bands supported, likely AT&T and/or Verizon - there's no band 12 here for T-Mobile). There is your basic lightsaber combat against a number of enemies, including Kylo Ren and Darth Vader; a strategic combat game allows you to command troops to fight against the Empire as they fight on your living room floor; Holochess is, well, Holochess as known from the franchise.

YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. And even with just some brief impressions, it left an impact that, in so many ways, renders other mobile VR headsets obsolete - even Google's Daydream View. Goslin said Disney may also release additional accessories in the future.

Google is really pushing VR180 content as a new way to experience and preserve memories and life that isn't just a flat photo or video. Breathable, insulated, and contoured padding around the areas that touch your face is designed for comfort.

The Smart Display comes in two sizes, 8-inch and 10-inch. One thing for sure, this is going to bring the dickpic into a whole new genre. We don't know that, either.