Lenovo hasn’t tried its best in virtual reality yet, but it seems to be ready to try again. According to the verge, the new document “Lenovo vr3030s” submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that Lenovo will soon launch its first independently developed VR head display. Like mirage solo or oculus quest, Lenovo’s VR head display doesn’t need to be plugged into a mobile phone or connected to a personal computer because its processing power is built-in.
In the future, this new headset may run on a different platform: valve steam VR, Microsoft’s windows Mr, or Facebook’s oculus. In the FCC document report, the registrant wrote Lenovo (Shanghai) Electronic Technology Co., Ltd., the application was marked as “independent VR helmet”, and the device category was “digital transmission system”. The document specifies the operation of the equipment in the cellular frequency band. Previously, on Lenovo’s FCC homepage, all the applications for registration were portable tablet computers. Before VR, the latest one was Intel Wireless ax200.
It’s also very interesting to think of mirage solo, the VR all-in-one machine that Lenovo has cooperated with Google. In May 2018, mirage solo was a relatively affordable and powerful VR device with a price of $399. At that time, the device was the only helmet supported by worldsense on the market since HTC cancelled the daydream device plan in 2017.
It has a built-in 5.5-inch screen, a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (1280 x 1440 per eye), a Qualcomm snapdragon 835 processor, and 64GB of built-in storage that can be expanded through microSD. This means it has the same screen resolution as oculus’s new go helmet, but is more powerful. The 645g mirage solo is the same as Samsung’s bulky Odyssey helmet, which has an inside out tracking function but is tethered to a computer.
For mirage solo, people once thought that Google and Lenovo would have a long-term and in-depth cooperation, which was ambitious. Mirage solo uses the same interface as daydream view, which is bound to Google mobile phone. It supports 350 existing application daydream directories and uses the same small remote control. Unlike the helmet, the remote control has a basic internal motion sensor instead of a complete tracking function.
Daydream uses the standard Google play store, so you can buy and install the mirage solo app on your desktop, or log in to the Wi Fi network and download it directly. It is worth mentioning that in October 2019, Google confirmed to the verge that the new pixel 4 mobile phone will not support daydream, it will no longer sell the helmet of daydream view mobile phone, and it will continue to support the application for existing users (only for old mobile phones).
It is reported that Google launched daydream view, a VR platform, together with its first pixel mobile phone in 2016. Over the years, several other mobile phone manufacturers, including Samsung, have supported it. However, Google’s mid-range pixel 3a is not compatible with daydream, and there will be no mobile phones released to support it in 2019. Google has tried to release an independent VR head display through Lenovo mirage solo, but it has shifted its focus from VR hardware to VR applications such as mobile phone based augmented reality and painting tool tilt brush.
Unlike daydream view, mirage solo does not require a smartphone. It is not known which platform “Lenovo vr33030s” will choose. However, we are looking forward to Lenovo’s more clear and interactive VR devices.