Qualcomm’s new AR glasses are thinner and wireless

Qualcomm is presenting a wireless version of its augmented reality Smart Viewer, a reference design that manufacturers could adapt to commercial headsets. The Wireless AR Smart Viewer updates Qualcomm smart glasses anterior design with a more powerful chipset, plus a connection system that uses Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth instead of a USB-C cable. This comes with the trade-off of a potential very short battery life – although Qualcomm says the consumer-ready versions could be designed differently.

The new Smart Viewer was developed by Goertek. It is currently available to a few manufacturing partners with plans to expand access in the coming months. Like its predecessor, it connects to a phone or computer and offers mixed reality experiences with full head and hand tracking, using tracking cameras and projections powered by micro-OLED displays. . Qualcomm has retained the previous 1920 x 1080 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, but it slightly reduces the field of view from 45 degrees to 40 degrees diagonally.

It is significantly smaller than the non-consumer-focused Magic Leap 2, which offers closer to 70 degrees. But in its favor, the Smart Viewer has a slimmer profile than the wired Smart Viewer or most competitors. Its frames are 15.6mm deep compared to around 25mm for the wired version, softening the typical look of AR glasses. (This shallower design, which uses free-form opticmight be a lot harder to hit with a wider FOV.) At 115 grams, it’s a bit heavier than Nreal Light glasses 106 gramsa little lighter than rumored 150 grams of Apple’s AR/VR headset, and much slimmer than VR headsets like the 503-gram Meta Quest 2.

The wireless viewer uses Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset compared to the previous model’s XR1 – which Qualcomm says offers more power for processing computer vision and other tasks. Qualcomm promises fast 3ms latency between the glasses and the connected phone or PC, as long as your phone or PC includes Qualcomm. Fast Connect 6900 chip. (That’s not a given for many machines.) Qualcomm’s AR/VR manager Hugo Swart says the actual “photon motion” latency is under 20ms, which just crosses the threshold. of a comfortable mixed reality experience.

Specifications for AR Smart Viewer as described in the article

A wireless headset has been on Qualcomm’s roadmap for years, but the Smart Viewer still highlights one of augmented reality’s lingering challenges: making high-powered glasses that don’t run out of juice almost immediately. Swart told reporters that the most demanding virtual experiences could drain the headset’s 650mAh battery in 30 minutes, though he pointed out that a light and simple virtual overlay could use much less power. Users can also plug in a removable battery with a cable, and Swart said manufacturers might choose to prioritize a more durable headset in their own designs. But current technology probably can’t support some of the more obvious applications of AR, like creating a set of virtual monitors that you can use all day at work.

We weren’t able to try out the new Smart Viewer ourselves, and consumers may never buy hardware that looks exactly like the reference design because manufacturers may tailor the system to their own specifications. While Swart said Qualcomm was working with “at least four” manufacturers, he didn’t name them or say how long it might take to bring the headphones to market. But earlier designs from Qualcomm anchored products like the Nreal Light and Lenovo ThinkReality A3 glasses – so it’s a good example of what wireless headphones could look like in the months and years to come.

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