Qualcomm Made a Wireless AR Headset – Will It Help Stand Against Apple?

But the end goal should be for more headphone manufacturers to ditch their wired connections while still keeping enough light to corrode easily. Qualcomm wants to lead the way, and it has unveiled headphones it thinks device makers can use as inspiration.

Qualcomm’s wireless AR headphones could set a trend for other hardware manufacturers.

Virtual reality has cut the wires — we have wireless headphones like the Oculus Quest. But the end goal should be for more headphone manufacturers to ditch their wired connections while still keeping enough light to corrode easily.

Qualcomm wants to lead the way, and it has unveiled headphones it thinks device makers can use as inspiration. Qualcomm’s Wireless AR headset, unveiled today (May 20) at an event in China, appears to be a gateway to the metaverse by superimposing virtual images over the real world, without the need for wires.

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Wireless AR Smart Viewer is not a product that you can rush to buy in stores. Instead, audiences are the companies that want to create their own AR viewers. Using Qualcomm’s design as a reference point, device manufacturers can produce their own wireless headphones.

Reference designs are a classic for Qualcomm, which made its first prototype headphones in 2016. What’s new here is the lightweight, streamlined design that’s built to show off what’s possible with the help of the Snapdragon XR2. Launched in 2019, XR2 promises mixed reality performance with 5G support. After all, it’s the chipsets that power the Oculus Quest 2.

AR Smart Viewer really provides a functional design. The headset is like light glasses. Qualcomm also claims to offer weight-balanced support, so long-term wear should be more comfortable.

The virtual monitor features a microscope screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 per eye and frame rates of up to 90Hz. It also has a non-blurring feature, so in addition to the clear image quality, it will make users feel less dizzy.

Qualcomm’s AR glasses also come with head and hand tracking, along with gesture recognition for AR accuracy. Besides the XR2 that supports wireless technology, there is also a separate wireless processing architecture that distributes computing workloads between the phone and the glasses. This will ensure that there is no detectable delay between the phone and the headset – less than 3 milliseconds of latency, Qualcomm claims. The glasses also support Wifi 6 and Bluetooth via Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 technology.

The Snapdragon XR2 chipset enables many industry-requested features, including support for seven simultaneous cameras and a dedicated low-latency computer vision processor. This last feature promises the perfect blend between the real and the virtual world.

The timing may be a coincidence, but Qualcomm’s smart AR headphones arrive around the same time that rumors about Apple’s AR/VR headphones start to surface. This mixed reality headset could arrive in 2023, although reports from a prototype have already been shown to Apple management. Early rumors suggest that this particular device will be a standalone display that wirelessly connects to your iPhone or Mac; Apple Glass may make its presence felt as a wearable mixed reality, although it will be assumed later.

No matter when Apple enters the augmented reality market, it may face increasing competition from devices built with Qualcomm’s wireless reference design as inspiration. We’ll have to wait and see which hardware manufacturers adapt Qualcomm designs to their own products; However, it is clear that the portal to the metaverse is being built and is no longer far away.

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