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Google is working on a standalone augmented reality headset (codenamed – Google A65)

Reportedly, Google is working on standalone augmented reality (AR) headset. More news has surfaced about the project codenamed Google A65. The AR headset will use new Qualcomm chips. Taiwanese computer maker ‘Quanta’ will build the tech for Google. According to the documents obtained by WinFuture, the project is still in its early stages.

A German news site (namely – Winfuture.de) says it has documents that indicate Google is working with the Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta on the augmented reality headset. Google has previously worked with Quanta on the Pixel C tablet.

Probably, the headset will include camera sensors and microphones. The latter isn’t common on the VR headsets and mixed-reality headsets out today. As per the reports, the device might also contain a mic so that the user can operate the headset with Google Assistant.

Supposedly, the headset will be based on a custom quadcore internet-of-things(IoT)-focused Qualcomm QSC603 expected to based on the ARM Cortex-A75. The Qualcomm QSC603 supports up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution (WQHD), 1080p and 1030p video capture, 3D overlays and renders interfaces OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulcan, along with Gigabit wireless, Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS. It will also support the Android Neural Networks API.

At this point, Augmented Reality headsets still need to be wired to a computer. Wireless Virtual Reality and mixed-reality headsets are just becoming available. Most notable among these are – Lenovo’s Google-powered Mirage Solo, Oculus Go, and Windows Mixed Reality crew. Apple, Samsung and the Magic Leap One – are all eyeing the development of the AR technology. They are designing their own AR headsets. Of course, the most notable competitor in the AR arena that Google has is probably the Microsoft HoloLens, a headset that came out in 2016 and is aimed at training, design and industrial use. Predominantly, it is used for commercial applications.

The headset won’t only operate like Windows’ HoloLens, but also it will use the same chips. With a new ARM-powered design and an improved field of view, HoloLens is rumoured to be getting an update this year.

Google already produces an augmented reality headset called Google Glass. Google Glass was released to some criticism in 2013. It received a new enterprise version last year. Basically, the Google Glass is a smart, heads-up display and camera. However, HoloLens-style headsets support what’s sometimes called “mixed reality,” where the objects appear to be part of the world and not just overlaid onto it (like in the case of augmented reality).

There’s no release date set yet for the Google A65 as it’s still in the prototype stage.

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