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Qualcomm’s upcoming SoC for smartwatches tipped to include eye-tracking feature

Qualcomm Wear 3100 platform is not only meant to power wearables but in addition, it will also power the next generation of augmented reality glasses.

  • Published: May 14, 2018 2:26 PM IST
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We reported about a week back that Qualcomm has finally started working on developing a dedicated SoC for Wear OS-powered smartwatches. Today, more details emerged about the SoC that the company is working on from the ground up giving us more clarity about potential use cases. As previously reported, the new SoC platform is likely to be 3100 which will replace the older Wear 2100 SoC platform. According to a report by German website WinFuture, the Qualcomm Wear 3100 platform is not only meant to power wearables but in addition, it will also power the next generation of augmented reality glasses.

The new platform will be the foundation of “Augmented Reality Glasses” under AR Profiles on Qualcomm’s profile on a job portal. The profile also notes that Qualcomm is working on “a powerful eye-tracking system” to understand the position of the eye pupil of the user.

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The report highlights that this new SoC will use very less computing power to track the position of the pupil and cornea of the eye. It will allow the camera to shoot video at 120 frames per second while using just about 36 million instructions per second (MIPS) of computing power.

The eye-tracking function will be useful in a number of scenarios ranging from controlling wearables to even unlocking your devices. The new platform is expected to be more efficient while giving smoother and higher render speeds. It will also pack a number of features focusing on monitoring health and fitness. As previously reported, the SoC platform will be powered by ARM Cortex A7 processor with Adreno 304 GPU and Blackghost, a new power manager.

  • Published Date: May 14, 2018 2:26 PM IST