Qualcomm Technologies drew the curtain from its first-ever Augmented Reality XR1 Smart Viewer. Known as ‘XR1 Smart Viewer,’ this amazing invention is a game-changer for tech-savvies.
It looks like glasses, featuring spatial awareness as well as hand tracking.
Moreover, you can easily tether it with your smartphone, processing puck, and Windows PC.
In other words, it is compatible with all devices working on Qualcomm Snapdragon.
The new Qualcomm XR1 Smart viewer delivers lower power consumption and high-performance in an AR platform. Designed with connectivity in mind, this new AR system has horsepower inside. The dual monochrome cameras are another amazing feature. With a minimalist design, the company focuses on providing features that deliver a top-notch AR experience.
Understanding XR1 AR Smart Viewer Reference Design
XR1 AR smart viewer reference design includes a pair of AR smart glasses. The reference design distributes computing workloads between host devices and the viewer. Moreover, the device design packs premium use cases and performance features for enterprise and consumers. These include:
- Split-processing enables the on-device optimization to deliver a 30% rebate of the system’s overall power consumption.
- The 2D framework offers system-level features to launch apps into multiple virtual displays. It supports protected content viewing, enabling users to watch streaming services and premium movies.
- The system combines plane detection and render multiple displays while tethering a PC. This allows virtual PC windows anchored to planes in the actual world.
- It supports an 8MB RGB camera along with image stabilization on the system. Also, it delivers hands-free experience including remote assistance.
- The dual monochrome cameras enable 6 degrees of freedom, hand tracking with gesture recognition and head tracking.
Microsoft Views on XR1 Smart Viewer
To drive ecosystem development for AR smart viewers, Microsoft also shared its views.
“AR smart viewer category is a great vehicle to deliver immersive experiences as accessories to compatible devices. And, they are looking forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies to bring Azure MR services towards Snapdragon-based Mixed-Reality end-points.”
Even the vice president and general manager of XR, Qualcomm Technologies, Hugo Swart, also shared his views.
“The new Snapdragon XR1 AR smart viewer marks a new chapter for their reference design portfolio. Also, it is a big step towards the evolution of AR viewers.”
The new XR1 Smart viewer is definitely quite different from the Snapdragon XR1 and XR2 platforms. But the main aim to design the new AR smart viewer glasses is to perform certain tasks using built-in electronics.
In fact, Lenovo has recently unveiled the ThinkReality A3 powered by the Snapdragon XR1 platform. It targets the smart glasses device at enterprise with a launch in mid-2021. Also, Nreal has adopted the platform with smart glasses products.
With more companies embracing this technology, it is exciting to see which one offers a seamless AR experience.
Last year, Facebook announced its entry into AR hardware and it is soon going to release Ray-Ban smart glasses. According to a Rumor, Apple is also working on making high-end AR/VR headset for the developer ecosystem.
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