Rumor: Google Is Working On AR Headset With Qualcomm
According to rumors reported by the usually reliable website Winfuture, Google is currently working on a dedicated augmented reality headset that will use a special Qualcomm soc for its horsepower. The AR headset would be manufactured in Taiwan by Quanta.
The project is internally known as A65 and would use Qualcomm’s QSC603 system-on-a-chip. The focus on augmented reality is very clear with plenty of camera’s and sensors, as well as a microphone – making voice control pretty likely. The QSC603 chip is specifically made for internet-of-things devices and isn’t particularly powerful, although augmented reality applications are less taxing on hardware than virtual reality, for example. The processor features two ARM Cortex A75 cores at 1.6 GHz, as well as two cores at a slightly higher clock frequency of 1.7 GHz.
Qualcomm also produces a more powerful version of this chip, the QS605 with four cores as well, but it appears they’ve decided on the less powerful version. Interestingly, the company is also working on a project internally known as the A66, which wouldn’t be a standalone headset, but a headset that would need to be connected to a computer.
These rumors for augmented reality hardware don’t come as a total surprise, as both Apple and Google have been pushing AR heavily the past few years with ARKit and ARCore, respectively. It’ll be interesting to see how this new augmented reality project from Google will compare to the company’s Google Glass.