Qualcomm’s new chip will lead to augmented reality glasses you’ll actually want to wear

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Day two of chipmaker Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit saw the unveiling of the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 — the company’s first dedicated augmented reality chipset — designed to better serve AR experiences through smart glasses and other similar wearables that run on be carried on the head.

Qualcomm already has an established presence 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 recent XR2 platform, while Meta’s freshly-faceted Quest Pro headset — which plays into mixed reality a bit thanks to its full-color passthrough support — is one of the first headsets to run on Qualcomm’s upgraded XR2 Plus chipset. However, the experiences and devices the AR2 Gen 1 is designed for are slightly different.

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