Qualcomm has unveiled a wireless version of its Smart Viewer augmented reality glasses. This is a reference design product from which various manufacturers can build their own commercial products.
The new Wireless AR Smart Viewer received a more powerful chipset compared to its predecessors, as well as a radio module supporting dual-band Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.3 radio connections, which serves to connect the device instead of the USB type – C-cable in the previous generation. On the one hand, this may reduce the autonomy of the device. However, Qualcomm believes that consumer products based on the wireless version of the Smart Viewer may be designed differently.
Like the previous version, the novelty connects to a phone or computer and immerses the user in mixed reality with full head and hand tracking using three built-in cameras and projections onto micro-OLED displays. Qualcomm has retained the new screen resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, but slightly narrowed the field of view (from 45 to 40 degrees diagonally).
The profile of the wireless version of the glasses is more compact compared to its predecessor and most of its competitors. The frame of the new gadget is 15.6mm thick (25mm for the wired version). The weight of the device is 115 grams.
The wireless version of the gadget received the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset. The wired version uses an XR1 processor. The company states that the signal transmission delay between connected Wireless AR Smart Viewers to the same smartphone or PC is 3 ms. However, only if the PC or smartphone is equipped with Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 radio module that supports Wi-Fi 6/6E, which is certainly not the case in the vast majority of cases. Thus, the actual signal transmission delay is of the order of 20 ms.
The gadget is equipped with 650 mAh batteries. For heavy applications, it will be diluted in just 30 minutes. This can be remedied by a charging cable that is connected to the device’s removable battery and allows you to continue working. Consumer products based on the Wireless AR Smart Viewer may be designed differently, with larger batteries.
Qualcomm says at least four companies are already interested in its novelty. However, she refused to name them. Earlier versions of Qualcomm’s wired augmented reality glasses formed the basis for gadgets such as the Nreal Light and Lenovo ThinkReality A3, for example.