2016 will be the year to establish or break completely the dream of virtual reality. The market already offers options of very high level, but now heads turn to another challenge: apply virtual reality to mobile devices. Google dropped a bombshell by announcing Daydream, however, it will be necessary to develop new hardware, better able to adapt to smartphones and tablets. Goa is a project with that aim. There are many virtual reality projects that are perfectly suited to specific phones. In this sector the Google Cardboard glasses are most flexible, because we can put many types inside to see its contents, but are also the most limited in all aspects.
GOA Project was created to offer the flexibility of Cardboard and power of the Oculus Rift. This is a console Virtual Reality presented in nod.com, still in prototype stage and looking for partners, but with the already defined specifications.
Virtual reality and mobile devices will have a much closer relationship in the future, and with that in mind, we are at Project Goa.
The camera tracking on its base, which in turn has additional hardware.
Directed by veteran Google Anush Elangovan, they want to bring high-quality virtual reality for the average consumer, and it presents an autonomous system that does not require cameras or cables. Unlike the HTC Vive, the device requires no install Goa sensors throughout the room. Its central unit has a tracking camera and an additional processor focused on assisting the smartphone. Two wireless controllers, which somehow remind us of HTC Vive, not only help track our hands within a virtual environment, but provide that “freedom of movement” we so desire. Finally, the smartphone is installed on a compatible headset, among which are highlighted Gear VR, Google Cardboard or the Rift itself.
According to available information, the range of Goa is about 2.7 meters, enough to avoid some shots and throw several punches. At the moment, Goa will not have a headset companion, and being compatible with the reference design of Google Daydream, probably it is not necessary. Its first development version will debut in a few months, and is expected to be cheaper than its competitors.
The base of Goa provides tracking camera position and further processing, so that smartphones need not be the latest model to enjoy 100% of the game or experience.
Oculus engineers former co-founder of Google virtual reality computer now works as a consultant in the project, as well.
Currently, the team of Nod is working with developers to continue offering experiences compatible with your system, while recognizing that much work remains to keep GOA to all households. We will follow the trail because the SDK will be released in a few months, as indicated in popsci.com.
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