Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform for compact AR glasses presented
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Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform for compact AR glasses presented – three chips and minimal power consumption

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform for augmented reality glasses. The primary task of the manufacturer was to ensure the lowest possible energy consumption, for which the platform was divided into several chips and some tasks had to be shifted to external computing resources – AR glasses become a kind of peripheral device.

    Image source: Qualcomm

Image source: Qualcomm

The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform is very different from the powerful Snapdragon XR2 processor that has become the basis for the most popular virtual reality headsets – meta* Quest 2 and Pico 4. AR2’s primary concern is processing data from cameras and sensors, not graphics, and this allows you to extend battery life on small devices. The configuration of the new platform provides for the joint work of three chips placed in the temples of the glasses and in the bridge on the bridge of the nose, which reduces the number of wires and reduces the likelihood of overheating.

Glasses based on AR2 Gen 1 will be optimized in particular for processing data from cameras, including rendering image depth. The manufacturer also promises high performance when working with AI algorithms for object recognition and hand tracking – the platform handles this task even faster than the XR2, with more modest power consumption. A large battery cannot fit into the design of ordinary glasses, so the design of the AR2 Gen 1 turned out to be a task similar to developing platforms for smartwatches. This processor is not used in traditional virtual reality headsets: augmented reality glasses offer a more modest resolution and viewing angle.

Part of the computing power for devices based on Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is delegated to external resources: smartphones and cloud systems. In addition, there is a Wi-Fi 7 module and the ability to connect to smartphones based on Qualcomm Snapdragon – augmented reality glasses actually turn out to be peripherals that can only perform part of the operations offline. The developer also took care of solving such a problem as eye tracking, which is combined with user identification through the iris.

Finally, Qualcomm has already announced that AR2-based augmented reality glasses will be produced by numerous of the company’s partners, including Lenovo, LG, Niantic, NReal, Oppo, Pico, NTT Qonoq, Rokid, Sharp, TCL, Vuzix and Xiaomi. New generation devices will be on the market from 2023 to 2025.

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