Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CES 2017: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 promises to bring AR and full VR to your smartphone


Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 mobile processor has many features such as a better battery life, and better support for dual camera phones.  However, its most impressive feature is its support for VR and AR.

The Snapdragon 835 has several features for VR and AR:
- 25% faster graphics rendering
- support for foveated rendering
- support for 360 audio
- positional tracking with 6 degrees of freedom
- 20% less latency than its predecessor
- support for Google Tango AR.

You might be wondering how a processor can add positional tracking.  In the case of the Snapdragon 835, it is through visual inertial odometry (VIO).  The processor takes information from inertial sensors and from a camera to determine its position in 3D space without an external sensor.

The Snapdragon 835 will be demo'd at CES 2017.  If I'm able to get a demo, I will post about how well it actually works in comparison to desktop VR (the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Playstation VR).

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