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Qualcomm and Microsoft collaborate to boost the adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) solutions among companies. To this end, the organizations are developing new AR chipsets for virtual glasses.

Comprehensive Augmented Reality (AR) solutions for businesses have been the promise of many tech companies for years. Yet, concrete solutions are barely getting off the ground. Though Microsoft’s HoloLens and its associated functionality saw some success, large scale adoption remains an ambition, not a reality.

At CES 2022, Qualcomm and Microsoft announce a collaboration to boost the use of AR in business. Their primary motivation is the arrival of the much-discussed ‘Metaverse environment’, a concept aspiring to a completely virtual world. According to Qualcomm and Microsoft, companies should be able to access and benefit from the Metaverse.

AR chipsets for VR glasses

The collaboration consists of developing micro-sized chipsets to be integrated into lightweight AR glasses. These glasses should be easier to use than current, often heavy, AR and VR glasses. That way, target groups such as mechanics using AR and VR on-site can be better serviced.

In addition, the joint solutions promise to integrate the Microsoft Mesh solution and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform.

Continued promotion of AR and Metaverse

Furthermore, Qualcomm and Microsoft want to start working on expanding the ecosystem associated with VR and AR. Both tech companies hope to provide their technology to companies making strides in developing new AR solutions. According to both parties, the collaboration is aimed at driving the development of AR and the Metaverse