Qualcomm Reveal Depth-Sensing Camera Technology for VR Headsets & Smartphones

Today Qualcomm Technologies Inc., announced an expansion to the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program. The low-power, high-performance motion tracking capabilities of the Qualcomm Spectra image signal processors (ISP), in addition to optimised simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, are designed to support new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications that require SLAM.

Qualcomm SpectraCapable of improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing, designed to meet growing demands of photo and video for mobile devices and head-mounted displays (HMD), the Spectra Module Program is built on the technology behind the Qualcomm Spectra embedded ISP and is intended to pave the way for future image quality and computer vision innovations in upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, potentially including the recently announced Vive Standalone HMD.

“Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it’s clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become more important for the next generation of mobile user experiences,” said Tim Leland, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “Our breakthrough advancements in visual quality and computer vision, combined with our family of integrated Qualcomm Spectra ISPs for Snapdragon, are designed to support an ecosystem of cutting edge mobile applications for our customers.

The next-generation ISPs feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The Qualcomm Spectra family of ISPs and new Qualcomm Spectra camera modules are expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details.