Virtual reality (VR) will provide the ultimate level of immersion, creating a sense of physical presence in real or imagined worlds. VR accomplishes this by placing high emphasis on the 3 pillars of immersion—visual quality, sound quality, and intuitive interaction — to stimulate our human senses with realistic feedback. Making this happen seamlessly in a mobile wearable device is not easy, but Qualcomm Technologies is making it possible through leading mobile technologies. The time is right for mobile VR!
VR will bring a new paradigm for how we can interact with the world, offering unprecedented experiences and unlimited possibilities that will enhance our lives in many ways—allowing us to live out our dreams on demand. We’ll be able to be virtually anywhere, do anything, and be with anyone.
VR will change how we play, learn, and communicate. Imagine being virtually transported to the best seat in the arena at the World Cup finals, to a classroom where you can learn from the best professors across the world or to a special family event. Our imagination and creativity are the only limits to the VR possibilities, and they will be stretched.
The same mobile technologies that power our smartphones are also ideal for VR. The mobile industry has driven huge technology advancements in multimedia, displays & sensors, and power & thermal efficiency — and it will only continue. For example, mobile system on chips (SoCs) will power both standalone and smartphone-mounted VR headsets. The characteristics of the mobile industry make the proliferation of new technologies very feasible for the masses, which will accelerate VR adoption.
Innovation at scale provides both cutting edge technology and cost advantages.
Rapid design cycles initiate fast adoption of cutting edge technologies.
As a result of mass smartphone adoption, mainstream consumers are adventurous and willing to try new things.
Fully immersive VR can only be achieved by simultaneously focusing on visual quality, sound quality, and intuitive interactions—with extreme requirements placed on each of these dimensions. Adding to the complexity, fully immersive mobile VR must be achieved at low power and thermals so the VR headset can be sleek, lightweight, stylish, and of course, free from wires.
VR visual quality requires pixels so realistic that they are eventually indistinguishable from the real world. To accomplish this, we need:
VR sound quality needs audio so accurate that it is true to life and completely in synch with the visuals. To accomplish this, we need:
VR interactions need to be so intuitive and responsive that you forget that you are even dealing with an interface—keeping you immersed in the moment. To accomplish this, we need:
Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to deliver superior mobile VR experiences by designing for the extreme requirements of fully immersive VR. By taking a system approach and custom designing specialized engines across the SoC, Snapdragon processors are engineered to provide an efficient heterogeneous computing solution that is optimized from end-to-end. For example, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor, is designed to meet the VR processing demands within the thermal and power constraints of a wearable VR headset.
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