Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon AR2 Gen1 platform for augmented reality glasses. The main task of the manufacturer was ensuring the lowest energy consumption. Therefore, the platform was broken into different chips. Some tasks had to be transferred to external computing resources. AR glasses have become a peripheral device.
Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is quite different to the Snapdragon XR2 platform that powers the most popular virtual-reality headsets – Meta* Pico 4 or Quest 2. AR2’s primary concern, aside from graphics, is to process data from sensors and cameras. This allows for increased battery life with small devices. The new platform allows for three chips to be used together. They are located in the temples of glasses and the bridge on the bridge. This reduces wires and decreases the chance of overheating.
AR2 Gen 1 glasses will be especially optimized for processing images and rendering depth data from cameras. The platform is more powerful than the XR2 and has a lower power consumption. This makes it possible to use artificial intelligence algorithms for object tracking and hand recognition. It is impossible to place a capacious battery in ordinary glasses. Therefore, designing AR2 Gen 1 was a similar task to creating platforms for smart watches. This processor won’t be used in traditional VR headsets; augmented reality glasses provide a lower resolution and a narrower viewing angle.
Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 devices have part of their computing power delegated externally to smartphones and cloud services. There is a WiFi 7 module that allows you to connect to Snapdragon smartphones. Augmented reality glasses are able to perform only a portion of the offline operations. Developer also addressed the problem of eye tracking. This module is combined with user identification using the iris.
Qualcomm announced that AR2-based augmented realities glasses will be manufactured by a number of partners, including Lenovo and LG. From 2023 to 2025, new generation devices will be available on the market.
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