Google IO 2017 Day 2: All That You Need to Know About VR/AR Updates

Day 2 of Google IO 2017 was focused on VR and AR. The company announced updates for devices as well as several new devices.

Google VR Headset and AR/VR-supported Devices

Google Tango
Google Tango
Zenfone AR built for augmented reality

In addition to smartphones, a new lineup of standalone devices for the Daydream VR platform was also revealed.

Along with displays, optics, and sensors optimized for the virtual reality experience, Daydream includes a feature called World Sense. Basically, they are the sensors that survey the environment for greatly improved precise presence tracking.

Source: Google YouTube Channel

The AR Technology Google Tango

“With Tango, devices can track motion and understand distances and their position in the real world. For VR, we’ve used technology from Tango as the foundation of WorldSense. For AR, it can be used to enable smartphone AR experiences by placing digital objects in real spaces. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.”

Google’s New Visual Positioning System

For example, you can walk into a store and point your phone’s camera in front of you. The program will identify what it is you’re looking for and kick in, using visual data and previous sessions to point you in the right direction.

Google VPS
Google VPS
VPS point you in the right direction

It should be noted that it may be challenging to use the technology in extended environments like stadiums, museums and malls.

Google Classroom: Expeditions AR

To bring lessons to life, during a studying process will be used the Google Tango-compatible smart devices. In addition, this fall students also will be able to point their AR-ready smartphones at specific points in the classroom and find DNA molecules, volcanoes, pyramids and more awaiting them.

Source: Google YouTube Channel

Similar to Google Expeditions for VR, Expeditions AR seems to be an exciting educational journey that will make students more involved in their studies.

Daydream 2.0 and Google Cast Support

Also, users can access WebVR content, with full Chrome Sync capabilities with bookmarks present.

As for the user interface, Google is adding a new dashboard in VR with notifications and quick access to settings (like switching Wi-Fi networks). Also, the new interface will let users switch apps.

One of these new controllers provides the ability to quickly capture screenshots and video screen capture. The latter can be streamed to Google Cast devices that allow others to ‘co-watch’ your VR session.

Youtube VR and 360 Degree Videos

What do these all mean? Youtube gives users a control over what they’re viewing and see what Youtube 360 video other people are watching with the option to sync up the same video. In a room, each user will have a customizable human-looking avatar.

Shared room- Google IO 2017
Shared room- Google IO 2017
Users in a Youtube shared room presented at Google IO

“How do you take comments and apply them to VR?” YouTube VR product lead Erin Teague asks. The answer? “Voice will be the way that people express themselves in VR.”

Read also: What Google Updates Were Presented at Google IO 2017 (Day 1)

Google’s Seurat

Source: Google YouTube Channel

The technology works by taking environmental renders from several different positions and angles, and then mapping them onto a low-polygon VR scene you can move around, which is similar to panoramas. According to the description of how it works that Google made, it almost certainly will not be appropriate for highly interactive scenes or games, but its immersion is certainly better that panoramas.

Not much was said about Seurat at the Google event, compared to Daydream phones and the forthcoming headsets Google Daydream. But it was promised that we will get more details later this year.

Web VR for Android

With Chrome VR you will be able to browse the web in virtual reality. There is also a support for AR within the browser too. The user experience of Web VR is a theatre-like experience, which is fully immersive.

Web AR is a pretty practical thing. With the AR-enabled phone, you will be able to input the surrounding (for example, a kitchen) into the AR website (Wayfair) and see how a table or other furniture will look in the interior.

Web AR is not ready for primetime, but you can find it already on Chromium GitHub. Chrome VR will be released in several months.

Originally published at Master of Code Global.

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