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Google reportedly working on standalone AR headset similar to Microsoft HoloLens

Augmented Reality headsets aren't quite as mass-market as Virtual Reality variants, but it is expected to change soon

Utathya Nag utathya10 21 May 2018, 12:42 PM
Representative image: Microsoft HoloLens

Representative image: Microsoft HoloLens Image: Twitter

Tech giant Google is reportedly working on a standalone Augmented Reality (AR) headset codenamed A65, which can run Google Assistant. To recall, Google already has an AR-based product out in the market in Google Glass but the upcoming product is expected to have more in common with Microsoft's HoloLens than the Google Glass.

German website WinFuture claimed that Google has been collaborating with Taiwanese manufacturers Quanta and American AR company Meta. Google has previously worked with Quanta for the Pixel C tablet, which was launched in 2015.

According to the report, the device will be powered by a Qualcomm QCS603 IoT Soc capable of handling displays up to 2560x1440 resolution and FullHD (1080p) video capture. The device will be capable of 3D overlays and will reportedly support OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan.

AR as a technology is still confined to specialised lab use and AR headsets aren't quite as mass-market as Virtual Reality (VR) variants. But it is expected to change soon with Microsoft looking to begin mass producing the HoloLens or the Magic Leap One in 2019, and expects to sell 80 million units by 2020.

Apple is also tipped to release their own AR glasses in 2021, and the patents are reportedly already filed.

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