Qualcomm unveils depth sensing camera technology for VR Headset

Aug. 17, 2017, 8:53 p.m. By: Pranjal Kumar


Qualcomm has decided to expand Qualcomm Spectra Module Program. The company has designed high-performance motion tracking capabilities of the Qualcomm Spectra image signal processors (ISP), low power, optimized simultaneous localization, and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, to support virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications using SLAM.

Spectra Module Program is capable of providing high-resolution depth sensing and improved biometric authentication. The program is designed to meet growing demands of photo and video for head-mounted displays (HMD) and mobile devices. The program is built on the technology behind the Qualcomm Spectra embedded ISP and will pave the way for future image quality and computer vision innovations in upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms. This technology will also be included in recently announced HTC VIVE Standalone HMD.

Tim Leland, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies said,” The power efficient camera image signal processing is very important for the next generation of mobile user experiences. It is being used in video recording, computational photography, computer vision applications which require accurate motion tracking.”

He also said that the recent advancements in visual quality and computer vision along with Qualcomm Spectra ISPs will support the development for future mobile applications for customers.

The next generation ISPs will have camera architecture designed for advanced computer vision, image quality and power efficiency design for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The company is expected to release next Snapdragon Mobile Platform in addition to Qualcomm Spectra camera modules.