Designed to support the next generation of mobile virtual reality applications, Qualcomm has launched a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) powered by its Snapdragon 845 processor. The kit includes a standalone VR head-mounted display (HMD) and a new software development kit (SDK).
The new Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit is a stand-alone mobile VR platform that doesn’t need to use a smartphone as the display or connected to a PC to function.
To support an optimal and immersive VR user experience, the kit includes various interesting features:
• Room-scale 6DoF SLAM: The kit has pre-optimized hardware and software for room-scale six degrees of freedom (6DoF) with “inside-out” simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM).
This allows VR developers to create applications that allow users to explore virtual worlds, moving freely around in a room, rather than being constrained to a single viewing position. All this can be accomplished without any external setup in the room by the users, and without any cables or wires.
• Qualcomm Adreno Foveation: Foveated rendering is another important feature supported by the kit. Fovea refers to the ability of our eyes to observe significant details in a very small center of our field of vision. Foveated rendering utilizes this understanding to boost performance & save power, while also improving visual quality.
• Eye Tracking: The kit is also powered by Tobii’s EyeCore eye tracking algorithms that help developers to create content that utilizes gaze direction for fast interactions, and superior intuitive interfaces. This is beneficial as users naturally convey intentions about how and where they want to interact within virtual worlds through their eyes.
The Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit’s hardware HMD and companion SDK are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2018.