Qualcomm has earlier announced that the company is launching (Qualcomm VR Headset) a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) for its Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, which basically gives the developers early access to a VR head-mounted display with inbuilt Snapdragon 835 processor.
Addition to that the company has also launched its Head Mounted Display Accelerator Program for the Virtual Reality hardware manufacturers.
Qualcomm VR Headset
The virtual reality development kit mounted display that comes with a head mounted display that comes with a kit sports a 4-megapixel WQHD (2560×1440 pixels) AMOLED display (2-megapixel per eye).
The headset features a 6-degrees of freedom (6DoF) motion tracking with two monochromatic, 1 megapixel (1280×800 pixel) global shutter camera. The headset comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 integrated sensor core. There is also a trackpad located on the right side of the VR headset.
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Qualcomm VR Headset Specifications
- 4MP WQHD (2560×1440 pixels) AMOLED Display (two megapixels per eye)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 6DoF Motion Tracking Camera (2- Monochromatic, 1 MP Global Shutter Camera)
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB (3.1)-C
VR tracking software from technology leaders like Leap Motion and SMI has also been pre-optimized on the Snapdragon 835 VR HMD to accelerate time to development.
Qualcomm’s Head Mounted Display Accelerator Program
This program is to help virtual reality hardware manufacturers to “reduce engineering cost, decrease the time it takes to create and ship new products and provide means for OEMs to validate performance metrics”, the company said. The program also includes pre-defined quality metrics, methods of testing, and more.
Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President At Qualcomm Technologies said;
With this new VRDK, we’re providing virtual reality application developers with advanced tools and technologies to accelerate a new generation of VR games, 360-degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education, enterprise, healthcare and entertainment applications.
The virtual reality development kit will be available in Q2 2017 through the Qualcomm Developer Network and coming to the accelerator program, it is already open for the hardware developer.