The latest update to Lenovo Mirage Solo adds Passthrough mode. Mirage Solo is the first stand-alone Daydream headset, released last May for $ 399. Daydream is Google’s virtual reality platform.
The Passthrough feature allows you to see the real world while the user is inside the VR headset using cameras built in or installed on the device. This feature was first announced back in September and now, finally, has become available to users.
This parameter can be found in the beta section of the settings and describes how to “allow the headset to use the camera view mode in experimental applications”. But, alas, at the moment there seems to be no “experimental applications” that use the Passthrough mode.
The first headset that used this functionality was the Samsung Gear VR. The rear camera of the phone could have been activated from the settings, but its low field of view, the lack of a stereo system and the delay made the function impractical. The 2016 HTC Vive comes with a similar type of passthrough embedded in its Chaperone border system, so when you approach the edge, it is activated.
The new system Rassthrough from Google is also activated, showing you the boundaries of the gaming zone. But, unlike previous systems, Google uses two cameras and computer vision to provide depth perception. Passthrough functionality can also be seen on the upcoming Oculus Quest and Rift S. headsets.
Rassthrough, which is activated when you move out of the gaming area, is an excellent addition to VR and can be an important feature of all headsets in the future. Users who include it in their Mirage Solo may be able to enjoy VR without worrying about situational awareness. Perhaps this is another step for Mirage Solo, which allows mobile virtual reality glasses at least a little bit, but to compete with Oculus Quest from Facebook.
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