Qualcomm announces AR developer kit, Snapdragon Spaces available worldwide
Qualcomm launches a hardware developer kit for its Snapdragon Spaces software devkit.
Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon Spaces in November 2021: The AR software offers developers features such as spatial, hand and finger tracking, image and object recognition, 3D mapping of the environment, permanent anchoring of objects in the real environment and realistic occlusion of digital objects by real ones. Snapdragon Spaces is available now for all interested parties and worldwide.
Qualcomm AR developer kit: Lenovo headset with Motorola smartphone
To strengthen the distribution of Snapdragon Spaces, Qualcomm is now launching a hardware development kit. Unfortunately, the kit does not yet offer access to Qualcomm’s latest AR reference model with wireless split streaming and the more recent XR2 chip. Instead, the predecessor model, the Lenovo A3, is part of the package.
Lenovo first introduced the A3 headset in early 2021. The device is comparable to Nreal Light, but also has a camera for video streaming integrated. Studios can use this camera for remote maintenance apps, for example.
Lenovo positions the A3 primarily as a display headset that can replace conventional monitors with up to five digital screens. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 for processing. More information is available on the product page.
A Motorola Edge+ with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is used as the feed smartphone for the headset. The developer kit is available via selected retailers in numerous countries, including Germany. Qualcomm does not name a price.
Qualcomm makes further Metaverse investment
Qualcomm’s venture capital arm is also investing in “Tripp,” a company that aims to build an “intelligent metaverse,” and echo3D, a cloud platform for managing and distributing 3D and XR content. With the Snapdragon Metaverse Fund, Qualcomm plans to invest up to $100 million in innovation in the XR ecosystem.
Qualcomm also invests in individual projects under the Snapdragon Spaces Pathfinder program. Among other things, the funded studios receive hardware and software, financing support and co-marketing opportunities.
In the first round, Qualcomm is supporting Arvizio, Beatshapers, CareAR, Cognition Labs, Designium, Digital Dream Labs, eyecandylab, Flow Immersive, Holo-Light, homeAR, Inception XR, Interwoven Worlds, Merge Labs, MSM.digital, NeuroLab, SYMMETRICAL, Syncreality, Trace 3d, VictoryXR, Volucap, WE/AR Studio, WilcoxMedia and Zoe Immersive.