Lenovo Mirage Camera
Another one of the many products that Lenovo has announced at CES 2018 is the Mirage Camera, a handheld camera specially designed for creating your own virtual reality photos and videos. Lenovo has brought a new instant shareability aspect to this device by tightly integrating Google Photos and YouTube into the device. What’s more, you don’t even need to pull out your phone to save your precious memories to the cloud. That’s right, the Mirage Camera has WiFi built right in, allowing it to operate more independently of your phone — which is always a great thing. The Mirage Camera it like a point and shoot camera from the days of yesteryear. Except this time, it’s for creating virtual reality content.
The Mirage Camera has 16GB of onboard storage, but you can expand that up to 128GB thanks to a microSD card slot. It houses the Qualcomm® Connected Camera Platform along with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 626 SoC. It has dual 13MP fisheye cameras that are positioned slightly apart to achieve that sweet 3D effect. A neat feature of this camera is it’s pure simplicity. See, it only has three buttons: power, shutter, and function. There’s three modes: photo, video, and live video — the latter is achieved through the devices built in WiFi, which connects to your YouTube account. Plus, you can use WiFi Direct to connect the Mirage™ to your smartphone to use it as a preview screen.
Bonus: the Mirage Camera comes with a standard tripod mount on the bottom, so you can fix it to pretty much anything.
Lenovo Mirage Solo
When it comes to viewing this VR content, you can choose to view it as normal 2D video content, but if you have a Cardboard or Daydream viewer, you can take advantage of the primary reason you bought this device: to experience your own VR content. However, if you don’t already have a headset, then you can pick up Lenovo’s new Mirage Solo VR headset with Daydream. What makes this headset so special is that it’s the first standalone VR headset — no wires, no phone — that also has motion tracking. This means you can just pick up this device and this device only to experience VR just by moving around. This is possible with Lenovo’s WorldSense technology. The Mirage Solo comes with seven hours of battery life on a single charge, so no worries about running of juice while experiencing VR.
The headset itself has been endlessly engineered for comfort. Basically, you should have no problem wearing it. The Mirage Solo also comes with the standard Daydream controller, which can be used as a clickable trackpad, app and home buttons, and a volume rocker. It also can serve it’s purpose as an “accessory,” say a golf club or steering wheel.
The Lenovo Mirage Camera will start at $299.99, while the Mirage Solo will be priced at $449.99. Both products will be available in quarter two of 2018.
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