Qualcomm shows smart glass reference design

Qualcomm this week showed its reference design for smart glasses, the Qualcomm AR Smart Viewer. The company hopes to accelerate the development of future AR gadgets and smart glasses.

Qualcomm AR Smart Viewer; a blueprint for AR headsets

The reference design is a kind of blueprint with which companies can make their own augmented reality headsets faster, easier and cheaper. The company is therefore not bringing the headset to the market, but a headset based on the design is expected mid-2021.

Qualcomm ar glasses

Specifications reference model

The glasses have two full HD, 90 Hz refresh rate screens, which ensures smooth images at a high resolution. The field of view is limited, just like with headsets such as the Hololens 2, about 45 degrees.

AR Smart Viewer multiple displays

The Glasses also have motion tracking, hand tracking and two cameras to position objects in the environment. The glasses must be connected to an Android or Windows device via USB-C, but Qualcomm is working on a wireless solution.

Similarities Lenovo ThinkReality A3 and the Qualcomm’s reference design

Qualcomm says the glasses were designed in parallel with the Lenovo ThinkReality A3. The two glasses have many similarities in hardware and usage. In addition to the same chips and sensors, these are mainly used for displaying virtual screens.

3D models with the AR Smart Viewer

The XR1 platform

Manufacturers can also use Qualcomm XR1 Platform, which uses dual black-and-white cameras, which enable six degrees of freedom (6DoF) and image stabilization. The M4000 already uses this platform.

Qualcomm AR Smart Viewer

Qualcomm’s chips are already in most standalone AR and VR headsets on the market today, including the Realwear HMT-1, HTC Vive Focus Plus and the Pico G2 4K.

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