Qualcomm's adds Hand Tracking and more to its Headset to make Mobile VR Better

A new virtual reality headset development kit and the launch of an accelerator program has been announced by Qualcomm, and hopes it will get manufacturers building better mobile VR. The headset (an upgrade to the model we saw last year), is powered by the company's new Snapdragon 835 chip.

The headset also offers some other interesting features, including eye tracking, foveated rendering, inside-out six degrees of freedom, and even hand tracking courtesy of Leap Motion. A test was carried out by wareable to try the Leap Motion's mobile solution and walked away impressed, and it's something the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive don't currently offer.

The Qualcomm's headset specifications are relatively meaty: with a 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This is an all-in-one design, offering total freedom of wires, Qualcomm has launched an accelerator program which sets out standards and gives manufacturers access to reference design products.

The new reference headset will ship to manufacturers in Q2 of 2017.

Source: Wareable
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