Chip Giant Qualcomm initiates a collaboration with Pokemon Go creator Niantic on augmented reality glasses. The partnership is about creating reference hardware, software and cloud components for eyeglasses. Qualcomm will produce optimized XR2 glasses. The XR2 is Qualcomm's new platform for 5G-connected virtual and augmented reality glasses.
Qualcomm announced its investment in AR eyeglasses with Niantic at an event. It also stated that the company intends to use Niantics AR technology for the Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite games in order to make it more compatible with the XR2.
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Yesterday Qualcomm released a new version of its "extended reality" platform XR, Snapdragon XR2. In conjunction with the game developer Niantic announced that together with Qualcomm they would integrate their augmented reality platform "Real World Platform" into AR glasses running the Snapdragon XR2.
The Snapdragon XR2 Platform is Qualcomm's first XR platform with support for 5G, which in the future can make AR experiences on standalone AR headsets a bit thicker thanks to higher data transfer. In addition to this, the Snapdragon XR2 has support for displaying 360 experiences in 8K resolution as well as support for tracking user movements with up to seven different cameras.
Niantic has optimized its Real World Platform, the platform used for the mobile games Pokémon Go and Harry Potter. It will all be available to developers using Real World Platform sometime next year.
Below is an introductory film about Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2.