While Virtual Reality continues to lose support along the way, as we have seen in recent years, the opposite happens to Augmented Reality, with increasing interest in this technology for all that it is capable of offering.
To encourage it, Qualcomm, a well-known manufacturer of mobile chips, has just presented the new XR1 AR Smart Viewer, its new reference smart viewer design, a type of Augmented Reality glasses in which the processing will be divided between the chips of the glasses themselves and the device to which it is connected.
And it is not a stand-alone device, being basically designed to be connected to another device, especially with computers or telephones through a USB-C cable, although it also supports its connection to other types of devices that can also go arriving along the way.
From Qualcomm they consider Augmented Reality glasses as the perfect ally to encourage the use of 5G mobile connectivity technology through a variety of applications and services that put 5G at full capacity.
This reference design will allow developers to work on their new experiences, while manufacturers will be able to launch models of Augmented Reality glasses using this design as a base, or what is the same, is not thinking to reach the final consumer.
With the appearance of conventional sunglasses
The company notes that these reference glasses are based on the Snapdragon XR1 platform and have two small 0.71 ″ OLED screens with a FullHD resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, plus support for six-degree motion tracking, hand tracking, integrating two 1MP cameras and an 8MP RGB camera With which you can see the physical space where you can superimpose virtual elements, allowing you to interact with them or fix them in specific places.
It also houses two small speakers, three microphones, and a 220mAh rechargeable battery.
In terms of appearance, they are quite similar to conventional sunglasses, although it differs aesthetically by having one of the two thickest temples, and by the cameras built into the front.
For its part, Lenovo will launch the new Think Reality A3, which are based on the AR Smart Viewer, which according to Qualcomm, has been developed in parallel, and which were presented earlier this year at CES.
Microsoft notes that it will also use the Smart Viewer to expand the mixed reality services of its Azure cloud computing platform, in the hope that over time these experiences will move from business environments to the consumer device segment.
It is expected that other options based on the XR1 AR Smart Viewer will also arrive from the middle of this year, although other manufacturers are also developing their own solutions completely on their own, such as the cases of Facebook or Apple as the most popular examples. .
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