Qualcomm reveals design for Snapdragon 820 powered standalone VR headset at IFA 2016

IFA 2016 Berlin has been a centre for announcements. Taking the opportunity, Qualcomm has revealed a reference design for Snapdragon 820 powered standalone VR head-mounted display (HMD).

This standalone VR Headset will be cheaper than its competition. Company has partnered with original design manufacturer (ODM) Goretek to build the Snapdragon 820 VR reference design.

Qualcomm also expects several OEM partners to roll out their commercial VR products quickly, once the design is made available by years end. The platform is built on Snapdragon VR Software Development Kit (SDK) that will allow OEM’s and developers

The Snapdragon 820 powered standalone VR headset comes with two cameras for integrated eye tracking. It has dual front-facing cameras for 6-degree of freedom  (6DOF) and see-through applications and comes bundled with 4 microphones as well. It also houses sensors like gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer.

Qualcomm VR Headset design at IFA 2016 -3

Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd said –

Consumers everywhere are captivated by truly immersive VR experiences, and Qualcomm Technologies’ capabilities in graphics, displays, video, audio, computer vision and sensor technologies, as well as power and thermal efficiencies proven over years of smartphone innovation, uniquely positions us to help customers bring these experiences to life.

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.


Pawan Lokhandwala

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