Google has shown an interest in VR for a long time now. Most notably, they’re the ones behind Cardboard, which is the most widely used VR device currently, even if its quality is lacking compared to other VR systems.
But recently Google has shown that is is getting more serious about VR. In this post, we’ll touch on 3 developments.
Google Opens Dedicated Virtual Reality Division
Google has taken key executive, Clay Bavor, and moved him to the head of virtual reality. Clay Bavor had always been known as the “vr guy”, and he was a key player with Google Cardboard. But he had to focus on other big things since he was the head of apps, including Gmail, Drive, and Docs. Putting such an important player in charge of virtual reality shows where Google is putting its priorities.
Google Partners with Chip Company with Huge VR Implications
Google has signed a deal with Movidius to use its chips in future devices. This chip can enable positional tracking from the inside-out using the device camera. What this means is that positional tracking will work on devices without the need for awkward separate cameras. This is currently a key feature missing from the Gear VR and other mobile VR devices. The Gear VR, while an excellent device, only has rotational head tracking, no positional tracking.
Google Tilt Brush VR Update
Google’s VR version of Microsoft Paint, Tilt Brush, has been getting more attention recently. It’s the experience that Jimmy Fallon recently tried on his popular late show. They released this amazing video showing some of the possibilities. Just imagine in the future when we’ll be able to easily share such experiences with friends, and there will be an almost unlimited amount to try.