US technology giants Qualcomm and Microsoft will partner to create special chips to be embedded in lightweight augmented reality glasses. The glasses will be designed for use by both individual users and businesses – for applications in the field of “metaspace”.
At today’s CES 2022 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said, quoted by Reutersthat the two companies will work together to combine custom chips with the software developers need and create virtual worlds where people can work and play.
According to Amon, future devices that are expected to emerge as a result of this collaboration will run Microsoft software called Mesh. It allows the user to broadcast a realistic image of themselves in another user’s headset, so that they both feel as if they are in the same room.
Future hardware will also use Qualcomm software called Snapdragon Spaces, which helps perform basic augmented reality functions. Such are, for example, the mapping of physical spaces so that digital objects can be superimposed on them, as well as the tracking of hands so that users can manipulate these digital objects through hand gestures.
“We’ve been talking for years about the possibility of having augmented reality wearables that will become widespread,” says Amon. Both companies have not yet revealed details on when the chips and headsets will be available.
“Our goal is to inspire and empower others to work collectively for the future of the metaspace, a future based on trust and innovation,” said Ruben Caballero, corporate vice president of mixed reality at Microsoft.