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Google details experimental features for Daydream VR

Android VR platform to receive new 6DoF controller support, "see-through" mode for AR development

Google has announced several experimental updates for its Daydream platform that will allow developers to experiment with Android VR in different ways.

The first update allows positional controller tracking with six degrees of freedom (6DoF) for the Mirage Solo headset. In addition, Google will be shipping out a new set of controllers specifically designed create 6DoF experiences to some developers. The controllers are intended to cut the price of 6DoF experiences by using off-the-shelf parts with machine learning to track and estimate motion.

Another feature Google is bringing to Daydream is See-Through Mode, which lets the wearer of the headset see what's in the real world on the other side. Google suggests the mode might be used to develop in AR, showing off a demo of someone designing a room by looking through to an actual room and placing virtual furniture.

Finally, Google is working on support to make all Android smartphone apps playable in Daydream, meaning developers would simply be able to support them in VR without having to develop them from the ground up for the platform.

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