I tried the smart glasses that could replace your phone – here’s what I learned

At MWC 2023 in Barcelona, Qualcomm was in its element. As one of the biggest manufacturers of phone and tablet processors in the world, the San-Diego-based company has its fingers in many pies at events like this, from its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip powering the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to a wealth of panels and discussions surrounding Wi-Fi 7 and 6G.

One particularly interesting area for me was Qualcomm’s determination to forge ahead in what it calls ‘XR’ – that’s ‘extended reality’, a catch-all term for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality wearable technology. Barring the fact that the initialism really should be ‘ER’ (though I can understand why Qualcomm would want to avoid that), there were some very impressive XR products at the expo carrying Qualcomm Snapdragon chips inside them.

Those chips included the newly-announced Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1, a purpose-built platform designed to power lighter and more efficient AR wearables, like smart glasses. Qualcomm was keen to promote its presence in Lenovo’s slick new ThinkReality A3 glasses, which I was lucky enough to test out at the event, and found to be seriously impressive.

Lenovo ThinkReality A3

Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 can use hand-tracking technology thanks to its external cameras (Image credit: Lenovo)

The future of augmented reality

Source: www.techradar.com