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Qualcomm Unveils The New Snapdragon VR820 – An all-in-one VR Headset

In recent years, virtual reality has been a very hot market and is attracting more and more technology companies to launch its own brand of VR headset. Whether it’s Google, Samsung or even Apple, virtual reality has been an all-round trend everyone’s willing to throw their money into. United States microchip manufacturer Qualcomm, in Germany, announced their newest creation – the Snapdragon VR820. The Snapdragon is more than advance; it is a creation of perfection; having the built-in eye-tracking and other special features yet to be announced.

Eye-tracking lenses

Qualcomm pointed out that the Snapdragon VR820 has an internal tracking capability. The VR glasses provide two sets of lenses, used to track eye movement and having the reaction rate of less than 18 microseconds. With the built-in tracking system, it can accurately track the person’s head movements, without relying on external sensors and hardwares as of other VR glasses.

As the name implies, the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR820 is powered by their own Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC) with an Adreno 530 GPU. The chip is integrated inside the headset, which makes it unique, and does not require any external hardware. For example, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive need to be plugged in to function while Samsung’s Gear VR requires a smartphone.

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Snapdragon VR820 uses its own Snapdragon 820 processor and built-in 2,880 x 1,440 resolution screen.

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Snapdragon VR820 with internal eye and head movement sensors.

VR glasses of other brands require the use of remote control as a secondary action, but the Snapdragon VR820 is something totally different. With the tracking technology, users are able to issue a command with only a move of their head or eyes. In addition, Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon VR820 is not just an average VR headset; it is the cutting edge of technology. The VR820 is able to bring VR experience to customers at a much lower price and a more detailed design.

“The Snapdragon VR820 integrates key technologies and features for an exceptional VR experience and provides a springboard for OEMs and developers to usher in the  next generation of truly portable and untethered devices that we think are necessary for mass consumer adoption of VR,”  said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.

The Snapdragon VR820 may not be as powerful as the Rift or the Vive, but it is entirely wireless, successfully reducing the cost. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon VR820 will be available by the end of the year.

Source: Qualcomm

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