It looks like Niantic and Qualcomm are partnering to bring the games industry something “new” in the space of augmented reality (AR). This partnership will bring about “AR glasses” so that gamers around the world can experience “accelerated” AR tech.
Catching wind from gamesindustry.biz, we learn that Qualcomm — the multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company — will bring its products and services to Pokémon Go developer Niantic.
Moreover, Qualcomm’s Hugo Swart, VP and head of XR, took to the stage at the Annual Snapdragon Technology Summit this year to announce a multi-year collaboration with Niantic on an integrated design spanning AR glasses hardware, software, and cloud components.
Here’s a segment from nianticlabs.com of Swart talking about what fans can expect from Qualcomm and how the company’s expertise in XR, 5G and AI will soon bring “breakthrough” technology:
“The world’s first 5G-supported XR platform. It unites Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in XR, 5G and AI to provide breakthrough technology to help usher in a new era of XR. This premium-quality platform unveils innovative features and boasts multiple firsts for XR that can be scaled across AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) and MR (mixed reality).”
As for Niantic, the Pokémon Go devs are creating “next-gen” AR tech with Qualcomm billed as “Niantic Real World Platform.” However, folks around the world will have access to this new collaborative architecture between Niantic and Qualcomm via the Niantic Creator Program.
In addition to the above, although the Niantic Creator Program isn’t available right now, you can apply by heading on over to niantic.dev.
In the meantime, this is what Niantic had to say about the AR glasses and tech:
“Niantic’s core technology stack that includes an AR-first SDK enabling high quality, immersive end user experiences and integrated cloud services capable of “world scale” to support millions of concurrent users in a shared AR experience.”
With that said, do you think this collaborative effort will flop, or do you think it will do the opposite? As it stands now, the two are currently working on AR glasses that will release to the public at an unknown date.