新聞摘錄 The landscape of virtual reality has been divided into two types of headsets: expensive with high-end devices and cheap devices with smartphones as displays. However, both Facebook and Google reached at (1) middle ground at the beginning of Oct. Bloomberg reports that〝Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Oculus was making a headset that wouldn’t require users to (2) tether themselves to a PC. He showed a short video of a prototype that had no wires and seemed to contain the processors in a compartment sitting at the back of the wearer’s head. “We have a demo, but we don’t have a product.” said Zuckerberg.〞
At Google Oct 4 event, it shared the most information (3) yet about its new mobile VR platform, Daydream, the ambitious follow-up to its popular low-cost Cardboard system. Fastcompany states that〝It’s the strongest signal yet that Google sees the smartphone as being at the center of consumer-grade virtual reality. While companies like HTC and the Facebook-owned Oculus have released high-end tethered VR systems that require expensive PCs, Google has clearly placed its bet on VR that works on phones. It’s also betting on an open system: Other companies will be able to take advantage of a Daydream reference design by making Daydream-compatible headsets and controllers, as well as Daydream-ready phones.〞
In other words, Google’s idea is to enable a broad Daydream ecosystem that pairs its new mobile OS—Android N, which was built from the ground up with Daydream support—with a variety of manufacturers’ light, customizable, easy-to-use VR headsets. 換言之，Google的方式擴大了Daydream生態，除了要搭配新手機Android N系統，並建立在影響所有使用Daydream支持平台者- 各式製造商、客制化、容易使用的裝備。資料來源：Bloomberg/Fastcompany.com/每日頭條
口語字彙 1. middle ground妥協、中間立場 The judge of the case chose a middle ground between harshness and leniency. 法官處理案件在嚴厲與寬容之間取得平衡。 2. tether 繫繩、使用移動式電子裝置連結 at/reach the end of your tether 一籌莫展、筋疲力盡 I’m at the end of my tether with these kids. 我對這些孩子已經束手無策了。 3. yet (adv) 尚未、還沒(用於否定句)；仍然（even now）;再(用於強調 another 或 again 之類的詞，尤指數量增加或某事發生頻繁);此處是指迄今最好/最差/最多..等描述最高級情況。 I’m sorry to bother you yet again.我很抱歉又來麻煩你。 This will be the Prime Minister’s most important speech yet.