Qualcomm’s involvement with Microsoft extends older PC chips. Both are partnership on a series of initiatives to foster augmented reality and the metaverse, including the development of custom chips for AR glasses. The companies were shy about the nature of the chips or the end products, but they promised “light” and energy efficient portable devices. In other words, you might want to use these glasses for long periods of time.
Unsurprisingly, the team will be using software, including Microsoft’s Mesh virtual collaboration tool and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces XR development system. There was no mention of what platforms the Glasses would support, although it’s safe to assume they’ll be compatible with Windows.
An alliance like this is not a complete shock. Microsoft has long discussed its intention to make AR more accessible than its work-oriented HoloLens headsets. These chips won’t necessarily reach consumer glasses, but they could represent a big step in that direction. For Qualcomm, it could also help him control the future of AR – he may not have to worry about Meta and other companies dominating the Metaverse and dictating its terms.
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