IFA 2016: Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon 820-powered standalone VR headset design

The ongoing IFA 2016 in Berlin is getting various tech updates and one of them is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820-powered standalone virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD).

Following are the features of the VR reference platform:

  • Integrated eye tracking with dual cameras
  • Dual front-facing cameras( for six degrees of freedom, see-through applications along with four microphones)
  • Gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer sensors

Qualcomm in collaboration with ODM (original design manufacturer) (ODM) Goertek has build the Snapdragon 820 VR reference design. The company says that the design is ready “to go to market quickly” and it even says that several OEM partners should roll out the commercial products quickly.
Qualcomm’s Home Entertainment business lead, Hugo Swart mentioned to ZDNet, “We at Qualcomm are strong believers in the VR market. […] We’re seeing increasing demand for standalone VR HMDs – a device that has all the processing plus connectivity, batteries – all you need for an immersive experience in a single device.”

Qualcomm is quite confident about VR headset and also says it will be priced at a lesser amount than the existing VR options. Swart also added, ‘’
Some VR implementations that require a PC, cables, additional accessories to provide head tracking – they may not be a mass-market product, it requires installation, has a much higher price point than the mass market may accommodate,”