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Google seems to be working on a stand-alone virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) device in its R&D labs. However, it is likely that the company was not only developing new headsets for its mobile VR platform Daydream. The Alphabet company was also reportedly working on a secret project that included a high-end VR headset that is more like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive than smartphone-based Samsung Gear VR.

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Recode reported the news about Google's VR/AR headset to take on Rift and Vive. About 50 Google employees were working on the standalone headset at Google's X research lab, according to PC Magazine. The tech giant was considering using a non-Android operating system.

It seems that the project had been stopped. However, Engadget then published a new report based on solid sources that Google was still working on a VR/AR headset that did not require a PC or smartphone to work.

The new Google headset could be a stand-alone device. Another tenable option would be a hardware box that is between a VR headset module and a full desktop/laptop.

The headset will also reportedly be designed for AR applications and not as a VR-only device. That would be possible after the past experiments with its Glass smart glasses.

Google-funded startup Magic Leap is also working on an AR/VR headset. CEO Rony Abovitz recently reported that the lightweight headset will be unveiled soon.

It is possible that Google and Magic Leap are teaming up to develop their new wearable tech. The Magic Leap device works on little computing power. Abovitz told Fortune the system copies how human eyes and brains work together and converts the mind into the display.

In related news, although Google Glass was known as expensive geek wear, it is becoming popular as a workplace device. Members of Boeing's research and technology division have reportedly used the high-tech Google goggles to build aircraft wire harnesses, according to The Verge.

The factory workers must use a PDF assembly guide to connect electrical systems via a bird's nest of wires. Google Glass units improve the process. Boeing reports production time has dropped one-quarter and error rates have been cut in half.             

The aircraft manufacturer has been using AR glasses since 1995. However, today's lower costs and boosts in computer power have solved the 90s' size, battery, and network problems.

Here's video on Google's Daydream VR headset: