As anyone who's tried out a current-generation augmented reality headset will tell you, they're not exactly fashionable. But that could all change, thanks to a new chip from Qualcomm. The company has just announced the Snapdragon XR2, its latest AR platform, and it promises some impressive improvements over the existing XR1 chip—including support for 5G connectivity and eye-tracking.
But the XR2's form factor will really enable AR wearables to start becoming more fashion-forward. Thanks to its smaller size and lower power requirements, the XR2 will enable manufacturers to create AR glasses that are far more compact and stylish than anything we've seen before. Qualcomm says that the XR2 is "expected to enable up to 3x increase in processing power or up to 4x increase in graphics rendering" compared to the XR1.
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon XR2 chip could be a game-changer for augmented reality wearables. With its smaller form factor and lower power requirements, the XR2 will enable manufacturers to create AR glasses that are far more compact and stylish than anything we've seen before. In addition, the XR2's support for 5G connectivity and eye-tracking will pave the way for even more immersive and interactive AR experiences. As a result, we could see a new wave of sleek and stylish AR glasses hitting store shelves shortly—glasses that everyone will want to wear.
In practice, it should result in better image quality and potentially longer battery life in future VR headsets and make it easier for them to track real-world objects for augmented Reality applications. It also paves the way for slimmer headset designs thanks to the advances in display technology. So while we may not see unobtrusive eyeglasses with built-in displays anytime soon, Qualcomm's new development kit could be a big step in that direction—and ultimately make wearable AR much more practical and widespread than it is today.
Author: Christian Kromme
First Appeared On: Disruptive Inspiration Daily
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