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.
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.
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.