Earlier this week, Qualcomm Inc., the San Diego, California-headquartered American multinational semiconductor industry mogul, said in a statement that the Californian chipmaker was going to partner up with Silicon Valley tech conglomerate Microsoft Corp in a bid to develop custom chips which in effect would help control lightweight AR (Augmented Reality) glasses for both businesses and consumers connected in the metaverse.
Speaking in a CES (Consumer Electronic Show) press briefing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Qualcomm Chief Executive Cristiano Amon was quoted saying that the companies would join forces to augment a customized chip with a software which developers would be using to create synchronized virtual worlds where people would be allowed to work and play.
Speaking of an instance, Qualcomm’s Amon added that the partnership’s future devices would collaborate with a Microsoft software called Mesh that allows connected users to signal a realistic semblance of themselves through their headsets into other users, delivering an AR sense that two people are in the same room.
Qualcomm and Microsoft team up to develop advanced AR technology
Aside from that, the partnership-derived future hardware would use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces that would allow basic AR (Augmented Reality) functions such as imitated hand-tracking of digital objects with gestures.
Meanwhile, expressing an out and out optimism over wearable AR devices, Qualcomm Chief Amon said, “We've been talking for years about the possibility of having wearable augmented reality devices that will gain scale”.
Nonetheless, neither Qualcomm, nor Microsoft had disclosed the details on when the devices would be available, though, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for mixed reality, Ruben Caballero said in a statement, “Our goal is to inspire and empower others to collectively work to develop the metaverse future – a future that is grounded in trust and innovation”.