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Qualcomm launches XR1 AR Smart Viewer platform

Qualcomm has launched its newest augmented actuality (AR) prototype platform primarily based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform.

The platform gives {hardware} builders with all the instruments they should ship a high-performance, immersive expertise in a headset or good glasses system that consumes low quantities of energy.

The XR1 AR Smart Viewer reference design (which prospects use to create their {hardware} merchandise) lets prospects create their very own augmented actuality (AR) good viewer. Based on the design, shoppers and enterprise customers will have the ability to put on the AR glasses and plug them right into a smartphone, Windows PC, or one other Qualcomm Snapdragon system to faucet extra computing energy or battery energy.

The AR good viewer has processing within the reference design to assist distribute computing workloads between the viewer and the host system, in comparison with an AR easy viewer that doesn’t have any processing on the viewer. The AR good viewer reference design packs important efficiency options and premium use circumstances for each the enterprise and shoppers, Qualcomm VP Hugo Swart mentioned in a press briefing. What’s completely different now’s the flexibility to place some processing into the glasses.

I listened to Swart speak about this whereas inside Spatial’s mixed-reality app. I logged in by way of my smartphone after which joined the press briefing in digital actuality utilizing an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Swart confirmed slides on a display contained in the digital room, and he took questions from journalists who have been contained in the area as digital avatars.

Above: Qualcomm’s XR1 AR Smart Viewer reference design.

Image Credit: Qualcomm

The platform has break up processing, with a few of that computation occurring within the glasses themselves and a few on the system, which is linked to the glasses by way of a wire. This design helps preserve the glasses small and cozy, nevertheless it additionally brings computing energy to the system, Swart mentioned.

The 2D app framework gives a systems-level function that helps launch smartphone purposes into a number of digital shows that may be anchored throughout the consumer’s AR easy viewer. It is suitable with choose smartphones, host processing pucks, and PCs, together with however not restricted to units powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Platform’s 800 collection processors.

The framework additionally helps protected content material viewing to observe premium films and streaming companies with the good viewer. Users will have the ability to tether to a PC, and the good viewer combines airplane detection and the flexibility to render a number of digital shows to permit digital PC home windows to be anchored to planes in the actual world.

Above: You can plug good viewer AR glasses into different units.

Image Credit: Qualcomm

“We believe that standalone, all-in-one devices will continue to evolve, will continue to get better, smaller,” Swart mentioned. “But there’s also a market for AR connected to devices that we already use. So it’s not that we think it’s one or the other.”

Microsoft mentioned it should deliver its Azure MR companies to the Snapdragon mixed-reality ecosystem. Lenovo additionally not too long ago unveiled its ThinkReality A3 — powered by the Snapdragon XR1 Platform. Lenovo is concentrating on its good glasses system on the enterprise with a launch in mid-2021. Nreal has additionally embraced the platform with its newest good glasses merchandise.

“We want this reference design to be the catalyst for these smart viewers that our customers will commercialize, will make available to the end consumer and enterprises based on the XR1,” Swart mentioned. “It’s an AR smart viewer reference design. The benefits of smart viewers include low power, as you get a 30% reduction in system power when you go from a simple viewer to a smart viewer.”

He added, “You can now run more data concurrently, enable hand tracking and eye tracking, and run with richer graphics. It makes the experience more immersive. We’ve also built for multiple types of hosts, from 5G phones to PCs.”

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