Day two of the annual Snapdragon Summit, hosted by chip maker Qualcomm, hosted the unveiling of the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 – the company’s first dedicated augmented reality chipset – designed to better serve the AR experience through smart glasses and other similar wearables.

Qualcomm is already well established in the XR space (Virtual Reality/VR, Mixed Reality/MR, and Augmented Reality/AR), with the Meta Quest 2 and Pico 4 notably running on the company’s latest XR2 platform, while the fresh Meta-front set The Quest Pro headset – which plays with mixed reality lightly thanks to support for full-color transition – is one of the first headsets to run on Qualcomm’s upgraded XR2 Plus chipset. The experiences and devices the AR2 Gen 1 is supposed to support are a bit different though.

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Until now, even existing augmented reality wearables such as Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 have had their size and form partly dictated by the size and power requirements of the current chipsets they run on. Despite approaching a look that more closely matches conventional everyday sunglasses, even the company’s own Snapdragon XR1-powered AR reference design has massive arms and unusual proportions to accommodate the XR1 chipset.

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