Google Reportedly Working on a Standalone AR Headset

May 21, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google is back into the wearable segment, and this time, they seemingly appear to be delivering a more solid outcome than the ill-fated Google Glass. According to newly emerged reports, the Mountain View Company is working on an AR headset that could push the limits of what we are being offered today.

Codenamed the A65, Google’s AR headset will be a standalone headset that would feature power and display right within it to untangle it from external sources of the same. We are not sure of what all the specifications would be, but it’s being said that the device would have a custom quad-core IoT chip from Qualcomm, the QSC603 opening up some interesting possibilities.

The QSC603 supports resolutions of up to 2560×1440 pixels, which could bring in a huge upgrade to the headset displays if used to full potential. It could also feature 1080p video capture, 3D overlays, Open GL, Open CL, Vulcan support to bring out something that stands out from the rest. On the connectivity front, the headset is said to feature Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS connectivity.

Another interesting addition is the support for Google Assistant. Google is said to be incorporating cameras and microphones into its AR headset to enable hands-free navigation with the help of on-board Google Assistant.

Given the specifications, Google’s AR headset would vastly be differentiated from its own Google Glass, and it will fall more in line with the HoloLens from Microsoft with given its AR affiliation. There is no word on a release date, and presumably, we are still a bit far from that point. But yes, it does have a prototype in the works, which could get more public in the near future.

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