Qualcomm will join hand with three companies who will make components for standalone VR headsets. They will work with more partners for their Head Mounted Display Accelerator Program. They have joined hands with Bosch Senssortec (sensor maker), OmniVision (image sensor maker) and Ximmerse (controller maker). The company hopes that the new partner will bring new technology with them and help to make product ever better.
Qualcomm released HAP in March as Game Developers Conference for improving mobile VR headsets that are connected to mobile rather than to a PC. At, Google I/O, Google announced that it will help create Daydream Standalone VR headset based on Qualcomm reference designs. Lenovo and HTC also announced that they will create Daydream based standalone headsets.
Qualcomm will work with Bosch Senssortec to integrate BMX055 absolute orientation sensor. The sensor includes the accelerometer, gyroscope, the magnetometer for precise and high-frequency measurements. It will also enable low-latency sensing and will be easy to integrate into headsets. Qualcomm will also work with OmniVision to integrate OV9282 and 1MP high-speed global shutter image sensor that will help in precise feature tracking. And they will work with Ximmerse on controllers which will be optimized for Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile platforms for high precision drift free tracking and low latency.
Ximmerse Flip is 3 degree of freedom VR controller that can provide interactions like pointing, selecting, shooting and more. Qualcomm has integrated its sensor fusion processing along with data from the camera and inertial sensors for 6 degrees of freedom.
According to Qualcomm, Mobile VR is the future. They believe that user hates complex, expensive devices but at the same time they do not to compromise with the experience and the company is motivated to do that.
In China, standalone VR HMD based on Snapdragon 820 VR HMD reference design has already been launched. Qualcomm also wants to develop a platform where AR and VR can converge to form extended reality sunglass (XR sunglass). This technology may look very far from now, but Qualcomm wants to invest more resource in developing XR technology as they believe it is better than the other two.
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