Google is working on a new, standalone augmented reality headset powered by Qualcomm processors, according to reports on Friday.
The standalone headset is internally dubbed the A65, the report says, and will likely run off the Qualcomm QSC603 or the more powerful QSC605 processor. Those SoCs have been designed with Internet of Things devices and wearables in mind.
Should Google pursue a new head mounted display, the possibilities would arguably be greater than the single-lens Google Glass.
The device would enable users to interact with a number of screens all within eyeshot. For example, a user could see turn-by-turn navigation directions without taking their eyes off the road. Walls could be turned into projector-like displays for enjoying entertainment or viewing spreadsheets in the office.
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From Daydream to (augmented) reality?
Today’s report comes following the launch of the Lenovo Mirage, the first standalone version of the Google Daydream VR headset not to require a phone. This AR headset, however, would be a very difficult kettle of fish.
It’s not clear from the report exactly when Google would unveil such a device, if indeed it is on the cards.
With Google I/O 2018 over, the next big press gathering Google is likely to call will be the Pixel 3 event. This will happen in October, if Google follows the pattern of the last two years.
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