One of the more buzzworthy fields in the tech industry today is augmented reality. AR found its way into consumer hands early through popular applications like Pokemon Go, but everyday consumers haven't yet gotten a glimpse of what the technology is truly capable of. Microsoft has been doing some cool things with Hololens, however, and it seems Google may be looking to enter the AR arena soon, as reports indicate that the company is currently developing an augmented/mixed reality headset codenamed A65.
The initial report from German publication WinFuture says the new headset is a wireless design that makes use of special processors from Qualcomm. Google is also reportedly creating the A65 headset through a collaboration with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta, the company that helped Google build the Pixel C tablet.
Details are still pretty slim at the moment, but the A65 headset will apparently be based around the Qualcomm QSC603, a processor in the Snapdragon family that's intended for use in Internet Of Things applications, sporting four cores running at 1.6 and 1.7 GHz. Google allegedly also considered using the QSC605, a chip that could feature up to eight cores at speeds up to 2.5GHz.
It's worth noting that no one is exactly sure just what Google might want to accomplish with an AR headset. With that said, augmented reality has already found its way into a number of popular applications, and mixed reality experiences like Alejandro Innaritu's Flesh and Sand are gaining more fans each day. Considering the growth of the market so far and the seemingly untapped potential of the technology, only time can tell how far augmented reality may go.
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Yes bring on the minority report/psycho pass/watch dogs dystopian hell!
Google was one of the first to do this already with Glass and it didn't go anywhere at all. It would be weird for them to invest in it while simultaneously choosing not to revive Glass. Either it's a good idea or it isn't.