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Qualcomm Releases Beta SDK for Vuforia for Digital Eyewear with Gear VR Support

Last year saw popular phone computing company Qualcomm dip its toes in the virtual reality (VR) space with Vuforia for Digital Eyewear, a new software development kit (SDK) that allows studios to create apps for head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as Samsung’s Gear VR. In truth, the SDK is more aimed at augmented reality (AR), using the camera featured in the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone that runs with Gear VR as a follow-through device to see into the real world with virtual objects added. This week sees Qualcomm finally release a Beta for this SDK for everyone.

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The Beta SDK is available now for free via the official Vuforia Developer Portal. That same link contains any additional downloads developers might need to get started with creating what the company calls ‘hybrid AR/VR’ apps. This version of the Beta supports Gear VR but also AR smartglasses such as Epson Moverio BT-200, and ODG R-6. It also includes all of the currently-existing features found in the usual Vuforia, including image targets and Smart Terrain technology.

“We’ve done a ton of work on the platform to address specific challenges of Digital Eyewear,” the company revealed in an update to its official blog. “For example, you’ll find a new utility that lets you help end users calibrate their device to their specific facial geometry. This will ensure augmentation appears in the correct position. We’ve also taken advantage of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to minimize motion-to-photon latency.”

AR and VR continue to see intriguing combinations as both technologies evolve. The most obvious example of this is HoloLens, Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) HMD that allows users to see and interact with holograms in real world environments. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all uses of VR, reporting back with the latest updates on the technology.