Pokémon Go and Qualcomm Creators Work on AR Glasses


Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon XR2 platform for Augmented and Virtual Reality. It will become the basis for augmented reality glasses, which the company is developing together with Niantic, a player familiar to Pokémon Go.

Unlike its predecessor, the XR2 supports 5G connectivity, voice interaction, eye tracking, and an “end-to-end camera”. The platform provides a screen resolution of up to 3K per eye at a speed of 90 frames per second, as well as an 8K resolution for 360 ° video at a speed of 60 frames per second.

The XR2 also supports up to seven cameras, which can be used for both traditional head tracking and eye and face tracking. This allows you to use features such as real-time translation and object recognition. Five unnamed manufacturers are working with Qualcomm on XR2-based equipment, and according to Qualcomm XR CEO Hugo Swart, products with this platform should appear in the second half of 2020. 

Niantic has confirmed the existence of “many years of collaboration” with the manufacturer in the field of hardware, software and cloud components of AR glasses.

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon previously suggested smart glasses could become an everyday device in 2021.