Qualcomm has a new reference headset to help fast-track AR development

Qualcomm has a new reference headset to help fast-track AR development

Qualcomm pulled back the curtain on a mixed reality headset design based on its high-powered XR2 chipset around this time last year, but it still isn’t done with the processor that precedes that one. The company announced today that it will release a new, XR1-powered headset reference design, and usual, you’ll probably never be able to get your hands on one of these things. It’s being distributed to “select partners” right now, and the next batch of XR hardware developers will be able to claim theirs in the coming months. Built in partnership with long-time hardware partner Goertek, the new reference headset packs a pair of 1080p micro-OLED displays that support frame rates up to 90Hz, along with an 8-megapixel camera with image stabilization and two monochrome cameras for head and hand tracking. And since this headset is what Qualcomm refers to as a “smart viewer” — as opposed to the simpler, tethered external displays we’ve seen in the past — it shares the computational load with its host device. Thanks to on-headset optimizations for tasks like gesture recognition and …
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