Qualcomm launches new AR dev kit, acquires Clay AIR

Qualcomm launches new AR dev kit, acquires Clay AIR

Qualcomm launches new AR dev kit, acquires Clay AIR

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November 9, 2021 | 

  • Qualcomm acquires Clay AIR, Inc. for its hand tracking and gesture recognition solutions.

Qualcomm today launched a new developer platform for building head-worn augmented reality experiences: the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform. The only supported hardware for the platform is currently Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 smart glasses (paired with a Motorola phone), but it will expand to include hardware from Oppo and Xiaomi in the first half of 2022.

To build out the software ecosystem, Qualcomm lined up a wide range of partners, including Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Niantic’s Lightship platform, Unity, Viacom CBS and others. Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile U.S. are also partnering with Qualcomm to support startups that use Snapdragon Spaces through the hubraum program.

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For now, only a small number of developers will have access to the program. These currently include the likes of Felix & Paul Studios, holo|one, Overlay, Scope AR, TRIPP, Tiny Rebel Games, NZXR, forwARdgame, Resolution Games and TriggerGlobal. It plans to make the platform generally available in the spring of next year.

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