Recently, Google rolled out it’s newest gadget: WorldSense, a new VR headset technology that understands your movement without the need to set up any external sensors. Unlike past VR headsets, such as the Samsung Gear VR or Daydream View, WorldSense lets you be active and move naturally while wearing it.
In the promotional video, Google gives viewers a taste of what they’re in for with WorldSense. The video shows a young girl outside playing a simulated game of dodgeball to prepare for the reality of dodgeballs flying in gym class.
Google’s first attempt at VR—Daydream View—restricted users to 3DoF (three degrees of freedom), in which users were kept in their seats. These old systems lacked complete immersion for audiences.
WorldSense, on the other hand, utilizes 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) where users can be entirely interactive with the current VR video playing. The players head is tracked in three dimensions to allow for complete interaction.
Other devices like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift have gone after the same 6DoF goal but have produced something short of perfect. The HTC and Oculus models are both wired to computers and don’t allow for complete roaming capability.
Daydream will be launching with standalone in partnership with HTC and Lenovo, but it is still a prototype and release dates are unclear. Only time will tell whether Google’s new VR headset is really giving viewers the sense of the world.